To the Editor:
As the 2011 calendar year marked the 5th anniversary of the Holiday Toy Drive (Sponsored by M&M Diner), this much-needed event in our small community endured an incredible amount of support locally as well as throughout the North Country Region. The financial goal set annually exceeded our expectations.
On behalf of the volunteers who graciously assist me with the Annual Toy Drive, I wish to submit a heartfelt thank you to every generous donor who made approximately 70 families with children enjoy Christmas Day. I also wish to extend my appreciation to the Town of Jay Supervisor, Randall Douglas and his immediate staff, Susan Richards and Carol Hackel for providing the appropriate information to families on how they could apply for toys and holiday meal baskets. As the Annual Holiday Toy Drive is an event they look forward to as well, Supervisor Douglas, Mrs. Richards, and Ms. Hackel have been diligently working to assist community members who were greatly affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
A special heartfelt thank you is extended to Tammy Perrotte-Sears, Co-Director of the Clinton County Christmas Bureau, who offered immediate assistance to a family after they were informed the Toy Drive hosted in our community was closed for the year and gifts had been delivered.
In conclusion, many thanks extended to The Valley News, Plattsburgh Press Republican, and to Columnist, Deanna Santor (Lake Placid Newspaper) for their assistance in promoting the annual event and keeping the North Country community informed on how members can participate in making a joyous holiday season for children.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Cynthia (Cindi) Murphy
Annual Holiday Toy Drive
Au Sable Forks