To the editor: On behalf of the Holiday Bureau board, I’d like to express heartfelt thanks to the people of Ottawa County for their generosity in 2009.
Residents and businesses enthusiastically made financial and in-kind donations, which helped the Holiday Bureau provide 2,857 people –a total of 914 families – with food and other necessities during December. This could not happen without a tremendous show of giving and caring from a loving community.
It literally takes hundred of volunteers to sort, pack and distribute the donated items. This happens over a three-day period - a huge commitment during a very busy time of year. Special thanks goes to our partner, the Salvation Army, which provides toys for the children.
Women who wanted to help people in need began the Holiday Bureau nearly 40 years ago. Then, as now, the entire operation is funded by donations and operated by volunteers. I am proud to continue this legacy of giving and sharing.
2008 Ottawa County Holiday Bureau Chairperson