A supporter of the NCSPCA Animal Shelter asks me to remind readers that the volunteers who walk the shelter dogs probably aren't going to turn down any cookies, brownies, or other baked goods that concerned citizens might be inclined to drop off during the holiday season. "These folks walk those darling dogs for several hours a day, seven days a week regardless of the weather. You can not imagine how they light up when you show up with a treat for them, or any sort." That sounds like the voice of experience from a kind reader who could maybe use some back-up.
Nona Hoskins asks me to pass along a great big "Thank You" to all the people who have helped with the Food Shelf. "As you know," she writes, "the Boy Scouts passed out plastic bags to be filled and collected them the following week. There had to be about 40 large bags of items-that gave our Food Shelf a real 'shot in the arm.'" She also thanks Pastor Leon Hebrink and the Westport Federated Church, the ladies of the Bridge Club, the seniors of Westport and E'town, the Carroll family, and Dogwood Bread Company for making the Thanksgiving Boxes (24 of them) such a success.
Finally, in addition to all of the wonderful donors, Nona wants to thank her trusty helpers Dan McCormick, Brad Rascoe, Sue Frisbie, and Tammy Schreiber. "The students and staff of Westport Central were also very generous," Nona continues, "and so we have a nice surplus for Christmas. This community is truly blessed with people that care for those in need. Have a wonderful Christmas knowing you have helped so many families."
I couldn't have said it better myself, which is why I didn't try to. Nona's words seem so much more appropriate. On that note, here's a holiday reminder that this is really your column, not mine. If you've got someone you'd like to thank for their public spirit, let me know at the email address above. I'd love to give you a voice in this space, too.