To the Editor:
Once again the Big Brothers annual Christmas Mother’s Toy Store and the Food delivery program was a big success.
Our planning starts in June each year, and due to the economy, things looked very bleak as we expected donations to be down from prior years at a time when the need was even greater than last year. But once again the community came together and brought us through. We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated money and also the businesses, schools and churches that collected toys and food and the many volunteers who answered our call for help. There are too many to name here. Each of you knows who you are and we offer you heartfelt thanks. We will not forget. Tennessee truly is a volunteer state. Without you our mission would not be possible. All of us can be proud of our community. For the first time that we can remember, no one had to return and make a second trip to deliver food.
We also want to thank the many parents for their patience, some of whom stood in line for hours just to have the opportunity to shop the Mother’s Toy Store. We regret that we could not give each child more, but we have to balance the number of toys by the number of children we served so all can at least have something from Santa on Christmas morning.
Thank you and may this next year be the best year ever.
West Wilson-Mt. Juliet Big Brothers Sherry BilbreyPresident
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