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Thankful for help

To the Valley News:

With current economic times being as difficult as they are, I find myself in a continued state of thanks and appreciation to our North Country community for making a joyous holiday season for those who are less fortunate.

As I attempt to stay involved in fundraisers hosted in our town, for the 2011 holiday season I was entrusted for the first time by the Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas and his immediate staff, Susan Richards and Carol Heckel to secure food donations and prepare approximately 30 meal bas-kets. Normally, they work very hard on this project but their time and effort has been better served in making certain the needs of community members greatly affected by Tropical Storm Irene are being met to the best of their ability.

I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who made food or monetary donations. I further wish to thank Shannon Stanley and the Au Sable Forks Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization for donating several bags of non-perishable food items. As always, an appreciation to The Valley News, Plattsburgh Press Republican and Columnist, Deanna Santor (Lake Placid Newspaper) for keeping communities informed on how they could participate in the Annual Holiday Meal Basket Drive.

In conclusion, I am sincerely grateful to Supervisor Randall Douglas and his staff for handing over the reigns to me and I look forward to assisting them for the 2012 holiday season.

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy 2012 Year!

Kelly C. Murphy

Volunteer

Annual Holiday Meal Basket Drive

Au Sable Forks

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