To the Editor:
The 2015 holiday season is over, and we wish to thank all those who participated in this year's Interfaith Council Holiday Project. If it were not for the generosity of this community, 80 individuals and families would have had a much leaner holiday. This year, we had 37 families who received food baskets only, and 43 families who also received children's clothing and toys.
Thanks to many members of the Manchester houses of worship plus various individuals and groups around town, 77 children received much needed clothing. Toys and books were donated by many individuals through the Chamber of Commerce holiday party, the local seniors group, and several others to whom we are most grateful.
Once again, the Manchester Lions were a huge help, picking up the large food order and delivering it to Christ Our Savior Church on the morning of our distribution. This year, we gave out a total of approximately 5,250 pounds of food. We were so grateful for the large number of helpers who sorted and filled the food boxes.
Prior to distribution, we had wonderful help from several volunteers who sorted and wrapped books. Several exchange students from Long Trail School were on hand to sort toys downstairs and food upstairs. At distribution time, volunteers helped carry food boxes and bags with toys and clothing out to recipients' cars, plus some made deliveries to people who were unable to come to pick up.
So again, thanks to all of you who helped make the 2015 Interfaith Holiday Project the success it always is. Without all of you, this would not be possible and many Manchester families would have had a lot less this holiday season.
God bless all of you!
Bill and Linda Drunsic