To the Editor:

On behalf of all of us with Community Sharing, I'd like to thank all the individuals and organizations who donated their time and resources to the Community Sharing Project. We are an organization of volunteers who help our fellow neighbors in need living in Dorset, Danby, Rupert, Pawlet and Wells. Each holiday season we provide families with brand new boots, clothes, toys and a bountiful food basket that includes a fresh loaf of bread, turkey, potatoes and so much more. We also provide gift certificates to Price Chopper. During the week of Dec. 16, it was as though the magic of Santa Claus had turned the Dorset Church vestry into his little workshop, brimming with the bounty of our community's generosity. CSP helped 152 families this Christmas season, an effort made entirely possible thanks to donors like you.

Our most heartfelt thanks go out to all the organizations, families and corporate donors who either made monetary donations or purchased clothes, toys or food. We thank the businesses who hosted our Angel trees, which provide community members the necessary "shopping lists" to provide for the specific needs of our receiving families. We also thank those who held toys drives and all the schools and businesses who provided food baskets. And, to all who donated their time to the planning and organization leading up to and including our distribution day on Dec. 20, all of us at CSP cannot thank you enough.

Having worked with CSP for 14 years, I never cease to be amazed and delighted by the acts of kindness and the magic of the season that converge right before our eyes in the true spirit of giving. I've learned that through each of our own small gifts and contributions, our little community continues to overflow with abundant richness for the benefit of all. On behalf of CSP, I thank you.

Beth Eyre

Dorset