2019-02-07 / Letters

Letters to the Editor

Carat Cupcake’s proceeds to be used for needed equipment

TO THE EDITOR:

Year nine is in the books! It’s hard to believe our Carat Cupcake Event just celebrated its ninth year, thanks to all of you. The Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser was once again a big success.

I’d like to thank The Square Cafe

Operation Christmas Child is grateful for Washington support

TO THE EDITOR:

I am writing to thank Washington residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Washington and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease, and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though dropoff locations serving Washington shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project – many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

DANA WILLIAMS Operation Christmas Child

for accepting the undaunting task of baking 1,200 cupcakes. They were delicious and Carolyn made it seem like there was nothing to it. She smiled the whole time.

The staff at Tena’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry is such a pleasure to work with. After this many years, things are just like clockwork, thanks to all of you. We thank you for all that you do and your support.

To all that purchased tickets for the big event, thank you. If you did not win one of the 70-plus gems or gift certificates I know you enjoyed a delicious cupcake.

All of the proceeds will be used for needed equipment at our local hospital. Thank you for your support and thank you for being such a caring, loving community.

PAULA SUGGS Cupcake Chairman Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

MLK Day parade was a great success, thanks to many participants

TO THE EDITOR:

The United Community Awareness Program (UCAP) would like to thank all the participants who participated in the MLK parade on January 21, 2019. A great job! The parade was a success.

Special thanks goes out to our Washington-Wilkes Tiger Band and their Band Director Emie Hines and the Hephzibah High School Band and the director. Also, we would like to give recognition to our local Sheriff’s Office and each one of the deputies who was there for a job well done!

Recognition goes out to our Moderator Hunter and the Third Shiloh Building Association and the Parks and Recreation Department.

To all our sponsors for this year, words cannot express how much we appreciate each and every one of you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

May God bless each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.

UCAP President and members

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