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Letter to the editor: Christmas spirit shines in small town

3:18 PM, Jan. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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To the editor:

Some might ask the question, what makes a small community great? Well, I know and I'd like to share with you. A previous letter acknowledged generous donations by several individuals connected with the Wooden Shoe raffle for the 2012 Lena Christmas Adopt-A-Family.

Well since that time, several other individuals from the small town of Lena came forth to make six families' in Lena Christmas brighter with their generosity. On behalf of the six anonymous families in Lena, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals for their part in Lena's 2012 Adopt-A-Family program:

? The Friends of the Lena Library donated a new book to each family member.

? Lena's Agriculture Department donated a poinsettia for each family.

? Shannon Bishop, a special education teacher, along with Tracy Schwabe, a Lena instructional aide, made jewelry for each family member.

? An anonymous faculty member at Lena donated $50 worth of gift cards to McDonald's and $50 worth of gift cards to The Store.

? Lena's General Music Department donated fruit.

? Many nonperishable food items were donated from local families.

? Laurie Jensen, Lena's FACE/Health teacher along with her students made each family a cookie tin full of cookies and candies.

? Toys, clothes, household items were donated from anonymous individuals at a drop off location at Citizens Bank

? Personal care items and baking products were donated by many Lena staff members.

? An anonymous donor dropped off $100 towards the program.

? An anonymous family adopted a whole family for Christmas.

? The National Honor Society Students wrapped all the presents.

As you can see from the above list, I don't have to ask myself what makes a small community great? I know and I wanted the rest of you to know as well.

Many warm wishes for peace in the New Year.

Shelly Meisner

PK-12 Guidance Counselor

Lena Public School District

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