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Good Neighbors drive a success

To the editor:

The Wintersville Good Neighbors want to thank all of our friends and volunteers who blessed us to make our Christmas drive a huge success. Countless numbers of concerned citizens from our area churches, businesses and volunteers made it possible for 64 families, including 148 children, to have a Merry Christmas.

A special thanks to the Wintersville United Methodist Church for the use of its beautiful facility to pack and distribute the food and toys for our families.

Our sincere thanks to our toy coordinator, Kitty Ferguson, who spends countless days and hours directing, organizing and wrapping the many toys for the children in the Christmas program.

A special thanks to the students at Cross Creek Elementary School, under the direction of fourth-grade student council, who collected more than 1,500 canned goods to be sorted and distributed for the families. The Cross Creek Elementary PTO conducted a drive, which resulted in a large monetary donation.

Thanks to the Wintersville businesses — Kroger, Big Lots and Dollar General — which provided space for our toy collection.

We sincerely want to thank Wal-Mart for all of its help with handling our bulk food orders this year. Also, many thanks to the Smithfield Food Pantry and Don Roe for the abundant amount of food to fill our food boxes.

As always, Sis Brannon collected her many toys and donated to our program. Also, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and area representative Deborah Oberman, always donates a large assortment of beautiful new toys.

Thanks, again, to Ken Cornish, who has been organizing our faithful delivery team for the families who are unable to pick up the day of the drive.

We would like to recognize and thank those who gave large monetary donations: Starkdale Presbyterian Church, Word of Life Fellowship, Mary Kay Schultz, Tom and Lori Galbreath, Wintersville United Methodist Church and our secret Santa.

May God bless.

Jerry E. Boyd

Director, Wintersville

Good Neighbors Inc.

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