Christmas project leaders thank community

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To the Editor:
Due to the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, the Community Christmas Project had to be canceled in 2020. But in 2021, the project was held and more than 500 people will be enjoying Christmas due to the generosity of individuals, merchants, and organizations in the area who provided gifts or monetary contributions.
This project would not be possible without the sponsorship of the Emmet County Ministerial Association and the phenomenal help provided by the volunteers from the churches. This is not just a three-day project, as many of the volunteers work all year long. This includes the ladies that volunteer to do the shopping for the project as well as those taking responsibility in organizing the event.
The availability of Duhigg Center, the facility where the project takes place each year, is an additional blessing and St. Patrick’s Parish should be commended for providing the facility.
The gym area provides enough space for the items to be displayed, plentiful parking and easy access to the building is great asset.
This year we were especially pleased to have some new volunteers and we welcome them and encourage others to volunteer if they wish. It was nice this year to have the grandchildren of Jim and Dianne Richard; James and Dan Richard, Tessa and Bonita Jordan and Jerica Heintz of Polk City, granddaughter of Jerry and Carol Pluth, lend a helping hand. It is wonderful to see the churches working together, and we have all made new friends.
The organizers of the project extend their thanks to all who provided their time, talent and treasures.
God Bless all of You
Merry Christmas
Carol Pluth and Dianne Richard

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