With another year accomplished and a new one already in action, a reflection of the success of our second-annual “Helping Hands—Mitts for Kids” campaign brings on a sincere warm feeling of gratification and community pride.
Once again, I need to thank everyone who participated in helping us surpass our goal of 265 pairs of mitts delivered in the Salvation Army Christmas hampers.
The ball already is rolling for campaign 2002! Many of our generous and talented knitters of the community already have dropped off mitts for this year.
Plans are in the works of starting our campaign earlier in the year in order to possibly extend our “helping hands” not only in our district, but also beyond!
I would like to thank those businesses that collected money this year towards our campaign. And an extra big thank you to “Santa Claus” and to Dawn Booth of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce for including our fundraiser in the 2001 Trade Show.
Thanks to Sue, Joy, and store manager Kent Orr of SAAN Store (Fort Frances), and to Dan Talocka, merchandise manager of Zellers (Kenora), for all their help and price discounts on mitt purchases. Thank you to Shaw Cable and the Fort Frances Times for the advertising for this event.
To our many Christmas angels who took the time to knit and sew many pairs of warm and wonderful mitts—and scarves, hats, warmers, and socks!—for 2001 and 2002. I thank you for your time, your talent, and your warm hearts.
There are two special Christmas angels who have been a part of this since day one. To Dorothy Taylor and Elizabeth Donaldson, please accept my sincere gratitude for all your beautiful mitts. Your support and generosity have been an enormous attribute to the success of our campaign.
To my staff, Shauna and Melissa, and co-op student, Amanda, I would like to thank you so much for your help with the campaign. Even with an extremely busy workload during the Christmas season, they all devoted much time towards the success of “Mitts for Kids.”
And last but not least, a very heartfelt thank you to all the people of Rainy River District for their wonderful support and kind donations of money and wool.
Because of the hard work and kind hearts of all of you, we were able to warm the hands of many of our children. The spirit of the season is shown over and over again in our community.
God bless you all, and may the spirit of Christmas be with you all through 2002. Happy New Year!
Sincerely, Jan Hall-Bosma