To the Editor:
Santa Claus’ branch workshop for the community, Toys for Manhattan, has completed another year helping those in need. Those people are as varied as young parents in school, families raising grandchildren and great-grandchildren, families hardly able to provide for the children at home and who have older children in the military, and young military families that couldn’t afford a Christmas tree.
None of this support would have been possible without the donations and help given to Toys for Manhattan.
“Thank you” hardly seems like enough for the many who donated to the cause. The hugs, tears and warm feelings in the heart are proof of this gesture. Doug Long graciously donated the use of his building, which was cozy and homey.
Thanks also to the Riley County Police Department, McCullough Development, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Manhattan Fire Services and Orscheln Farm & Home for allowing their places of businesses to be drop-off sites for donations; Quizno’s Subs, Dillions west, Hy-Vee, McAlister’s Deli and Gambino’s Pizza for providing lunch for the workers; and to A.B.A.T.E. District 15 for its annual Toy Run collection and cash contribution.
Also, we are grateful to Cats Rental, Manhattan Optimist Club, S & S Truck Service, Holmes Cleaning Services and the many businesses and organizations that collect for this cause as well as the faithful and dedicated men and women who volunteer to work the long hours to make it all come together.
I feel that Al Myers, who founded this great program in our community so many years ago, would be so happy about the many lives it has touched.Thank you for helping to keep the spirit of Santa Claus’ mystery alive.
Judy Padgett, Director