January 5, 2014
To the Editor:
What a tremendous outpouring of love, concern, and talent!! I'm speaking of everything that went into the making of Project Christmas – 2013 a huge success! We are so very fortunate to live in such a generous county.
Each year, as a result of suggestions from our volunteers and new ideas from our board of directors, we are able to become more efficient. Over the past 30 years (1983 to 2013), because of computer technology, we've seen and welcomed many changes. Hand written notes and memos have been replaced by computerized spreadsheets, emails, and, during our 2013 season, we were introduced to a delightful and informative presence on Facebook.
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, thanks to the extreme generosity of the Jackson County community, Project Christmas "elves" were able to visit over 430 Jackson County households. There were many willing and eager volunteers donating, collecting, loading and unloading, sorting, shopping, wrapping and packaging, and delivering the various items that made this year's Project Christmas possible. Volunteers and donors of all ages once again came to the rescue.
In addition to many donations of food, handmade quilts and blankets, handmade tote bags, toys and other gifts, the financial donations made to Project Christmas – 2013 were extremely outstanding. Recognizing the fact that Project Christmas was facing substantial inflationary increases, several individuals, businesses, and organizations made significantly larger financial donations than they had in the past.
The 430 recipient households encompass approximately 1600 individuals including over 800 children. Many factors such as unemployment, illnesses, and household disasters make Project Christmas assistance necessary.
We want to issue a heartfelt thank you to each and everyone who contributed to Project Christmas – 2013. You definitely made a difference for many households!
Charles Buswell – Project Christmas publicity chairman