Now that the holidays are behind us, we pause to thank the many individuals and groups that made Thanksgiving and Christmas enjoyable for those we help. We appreciate the Marengo High School’s HOSA club, headed by Sarah Shanks, for conducting a drive, putting together and delivering 50 boxes of food at Thanksgiving. Zion Lutheran Church has an annual “Love Project” at Christmas that provides 100 delivered food boxes. That is truly a church and school project that involves the efforts of many. The community “Angel Tree” project provided new clothing for children. This was made possible through the efforts of a number of business people and was again lead by Leslie Pace. The Marine Corps. “Toys For Tots” was put together this year by our own Jan Perkins. Jan is our food pantry director and has done this project in the past. We wish to thank the men of the American Legion for picking up the toys and arranging them at the M.O.R.E. Center. All of these cooperative efforts were brought together through the “Holiday Clearinghouse” that is conducted by MORE. Volunteers Peggy Reinacher and Kathy Cregan and others signed up recipients, distributed lists, purchased food, coordinated dates and made numerous phone calls in assuring a successful operation. All of the volunteers at MORE pitched in with extra effort by packing and distributing boxes. The biggest thanks goes to all of the individuals, organizations, businesses and churches that donated money toward the purchases of food. None of this would have been possible without the financial support.

As we begin this year, let us stay aware of the opportunities we may be given to help the less fortunate all around us.

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