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1/31/2014 8:19:00 AM
Christmas generosity

To the editor:

Just when you thought the Christmas season has been overtaken by consumerism and greed, consider this... I was informed that a local family had fallen on hard times and as a result was facing eviction at the end of December if they failed to come up with $1,018. They are a very nice and good family, so I decided to use the resources I had available to me to help. Luckily, I work at Country Kitchen.

With the help from my wonderful boss and co-workers we set up a donation box to try to raise some money to help them out. I thought maybe we could raise a few hundred dollars. However, I underestimated the generosity of the wonderful people who live around this area. We raised that few hundred dollars in the first two days! In the ten days that the donation box was out, we surpassed the amount the family needed by almost $100!!!

I'm still in awe of how much people donated and how much my co-workers worked to raise awareness and donated themselves. As if this wasn't enough, a substantial amount of Christmas presents were donated to the two small children. I wish everyone who donated could have seen their faces when they opened that box of money.

The family sends their overwhelming gratitude to all of you who helped and I quote them saying, "We will never forget this Christmas and our faith in humanity has been restored. We can't believe people who don't even know us were so willing to help us. We are so grateful to everyone for giving us this chance to get back on our feet."

We at Country Kitchen will also never forget this Christmas and more importantly never forget how lucky we are to be part of such a generous and caring community. I would like to end with a big thank you to everyone who donated big or small. You all made a huge difference in a small family's life.

Sincerely and with much thanks,

Christina Sutherland, the Country Kitchen staff, and a very grateful family

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