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Thanks for helping make kids’ Christmas better

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 approximately 385 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.

We would like to include a special thanks and shout out to the Mifflin County Patriot Riders, Chapter 53 of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, who chose our organization as the recipient of their fundraiser this year. Their generous donation will help children in Mifflin County for years to come.

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: Mifflin County Patriot Riders, Chapter 53 of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania; SCI Rockview; Standard Steel; Mifflin County boys basketball; Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital Imaging Department; Topps; Mifflin County Prothonotary’s Office; Mifflin County District Attorney’s Office; Sal-Lee’s Restaurant; Swartz Trucking; Philips Ultrasound Inc.; Jarden Plastic Solutions; Drayer Physical Therapy; St. Paul Lutheran Church; East Kish Presbyterian Church; Pine Glen Church of the Brethren; Maitland Church; Big Valley Bible Church in Reedsville; Spring Run Church of the Brethren; New Life Church; Carmels for Kids; St. John’s Lutheran Church of Siglerville; Ramwood Custom Cabinetry; Wellspring Counseling; Holy Communion Lutheran Church; Juniata Valley Bank, Monument Square; Kish Bank on Electric Avenue; Jenny Fortson’s fifth grade class at Lewistown Intermediate School; Julie Aungst’s fourth grade class at Lewistown Intermediate School; Jennifer Smith; Tiffany Mistretta; Katurah Klein; Kimberly Bennet; Jacob Smith; Jessy Wear; Stephanie Prendergast; Marlene Shipkowski; Carol Snyder; April Deavor; Wendy McCullough; Jamie Dixon; Brittany and Brent Stoner; Heather Giardino; Bob Sealy; Lynn Conklin; Terri Shawver; Liz Bratton; Holli Barger; the Walker family; Shaun Hayes; Sandy Stayrook; Mia Hassinger; Ali Deitz; Tami Ranck; Jessica Seiler; Kari Franklin; Maria Lucci; Brittany Smith; Monica Smith; Jackie Kirk; Samantha Lyter; Jeremiah Goss; Jody Peters; Ashley Henry; Pam Stimely; Dana Haubrick; Elizabeth Pent; Jessica Moist; Terry and Lucy Wert; Carla Walters; Beth Walters; Rose Niman; Jen Wray; Heather Confer; Amber Foose-Miller; Ashley Ranck; Christine West; Nancy Franklin; Michelle and Kyle Vogt; Kristie Curry; Shannon Keller family; Catie Breneman family; Beka Yoder family; Denelle Guisewhite family; Dana Shank; Morgan Messerman; Kim Brown; Nancy Hopple; William and Kay Benny; Dale and Amy Chilcote; Josie Souders; Nancy Craig; Jeff Weikel; Hillary Houser Family; Erica Clark; Cindy Prough; Angel Shehan; Nancy Guthridge; Sonnie Baumgardner; Rich and Rosalee Freed; Gloria Clinger; Stephanie Lash; Georgeanna Huffnagle; Tom and Crystal Wilson; as well as numerous anonymous donors.

Another thank you goes out to the Charity Knitters for their donations of winter hats every year. We also want to thank everyone that contributes to the Mifflin County Children and Youth’s Sugar Bowl Fund throughout the year.

The employees of Mifflin County Children and Youth

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