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Thanks to all who helped make Christmas merry for area families in need

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By The Staff

Editor:

Thank you for printing the letters to Santa section each year. It warms and humbles my heart to read these letters.

I would also like to thank the many people that have contributed to this year’s Youth In Need Holiday Assistance program. We have successfully ‘adopted out’ 200 young people from 70 families. The entire community stepped up to make sure that these families would have a wonderful Christmas.

I must also thank the heads of these families, as they were able to complete the parental involvement activity hours required to be eligible for this assistance. Through difficult times, they made the effort to secure these hours to spend with their children. It has truly been a blessing to work with this program.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Trimble County Board of Education, Trimble County High School, Trimble County Middle School, Milton Elementary School, Bedford Elementary School and the Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank for making this program possible. Also, all the community churches, businesses and individuals who adopted these children are so much appreciated. God’s love is in abundance in Trimble County.

While I have my gratitude pen in motion, I would like to thank the many volunteers who have assisted this entire year with programs that bring positive attitudes and outlook within our community. We recently had a health fair at the Milton and Bedford Elementary schools. Nurse Nellie Hewitt was assisted by Baptist Hospital Northeast, Ivy Tech, Signature Health Care, and many parent volunteers to offer screenings and information to the students.

Special thanks is extended to the North Central District Health Department. Candace Selph and Amy Tingle from the NCDHD gave out backpacks filled with health information and “fun items” to every student in the two schools.

Each new school year, we are able to provide school supplies to students who are unable to buy them, thanks to assistance from the Bedford Rotary Club.

Also, our youth volunteers and churches have made possible the “snacks in a pack” program to help fight hunger in our county.

Our Trimble CARES Coalition is meeting monthly to address the alcohol, tobacco and other drug concerns of youth in Trimble County. These are people from every sector of our community, who are committed to making Trimble safe for our children and our families. They also work with the Trimble County High School PTSA to provide Project Prom. We are indeed thankful for their commitment and hard work.

I am blessed to work a job within the community that offers me the opportunity to see “great things” in action daily. The main goal of the resource center is to remove barriers that hinder the education of our children. If you have not had an opportunity to visit the Family Resource and Youth Services Center, I extend an invitation to you to visit us in 2010 – come see what we do, and get involved. Thank you to everyone who is making Trimble County a grand place to live and work.

We at the TCFRYSC wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 Denise Hall, director Trimble CountyFamily Resource and Youth Services Center