Many children touched by generous holiday giving

To the editor:

With yet another holiday season behind us, the employees of Mifflin County Children and Youth would like to once again recognize the tremendous outpouring of generosity and kindness by many thoughtful individuals, churches and businesses for helping to provide many children and their families with a holiday season to remember.

These people, churches and businesses were part of a joint effort to provide presents for almost 200 children in our community for the Christmas holiday. In such challenging economic times, we were overwhelmed with the number of people who wanted to give so much to those in need. It was truly inspirational to our staff as well as the families who received these gifts. Many of the families also asked that we pass along their sincere gratitude.

Every year we are contacted by more and more people and places looking to give back in some way. We are truly grateful for all that you have done.

Thank you to Standard Steel, SCI Rockview; Pine Glen Church of the Brethren; Jarden Plastic Solutions; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Milroy; Geisinger Medical Center; Drayer Physical Therapy; the BonTon; the Orthodox Christian Chapel of the Holy Spirit; Julie Bauman’s Fourth Grade Class at Lewistown Intermediate School; Brock Hite’s Fourth Grade Class at Lewistown Intermediate School; Head Start; Solid Rock Sunday School Class at Maitland Church of the Brethren; Stoltzfus LLC; Hershberger Construction; Mike’s Chimney Sweep; Juniata Windows, Doors and More; Mifflin County Register and Recorder’s Office; TOPS 1339; Siglerville Lutheran Sunday School; McVeytown United Presbyterian Church; Suzanne and Dan Kochenderfer; Tiffany Lohman and Tommy Miller; Josh Sheaffer; and Sam and Michele Rupert; as well as numerous anonymous donators. We also want to thank everyone that contributes to the Mifflin County Children and Youth’s Sugar Bowl Fund throughout the year.

We also wanted to give thanks to Communities That Care’s Faith Based Initiative Acton Team, Rickie Demskie & the Charity Knitters (call 242-1591 to make donation), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Milroy, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Siglerville, Lake Park United Methodist Church, and Carol Veitch for collecting and donating hats and mittens that we gave away to the children we serve.

The Employees of Mifflin County Children and Youth