— Thank you to the Peaster community
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the people of the Peaster community and the friends of the Peaster School for their overwhelming generosity and support for the PAL class Angel Tree Project. So many “Angels” gave of themselves, their time, and their money to insure that 81 of our youth would have a wonderful Christmas.
I would especially like to thank two of my PAL students Amanda Murphy and Bayley Bradford who led in the organization of the project. A special thanks goes to our three counselors Julie West, Paige Johnson and Melinda Cosper for the endless hours they spent identifying the children’s needs and then for delivering the gifts. I applaud our high school principal, Darla Henry, for her willingness to “pitch in” and help with the wrapping and organizing of the gifts. When time was running short and panic began to set in, LeEllen Dillard spent all day wrapping gifts to insure we would meet the deadline and get the gifts delivered.
Day after day, as we began receiving the gifts, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of so many and was reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. A simple “thank you” does not seem quite adequate, but to those who gave, please know that you were a true blessing to 81 young people in the Peaster community. Even though the economy is uncertain, you reached deep into your resources to help, and I feel very fortunate to teach in a community where generosity and support are still extended to those in need.
With heartfelt thanks,
Kaye Wood, Peaster High School PAL sponsor
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