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Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Community Santas

The writer is Connie Mercer, founder and executive director of HomeFront.

Dec. 31, 2012

To the Editor:

Many years ago an editorial assured Virginia that yes, there is a Santa Claus. We beg to disagree. We at HomeFront know for a fact that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Santas in our community.

This year they exemplified the holiday spirit by making sure that homeless and recently homeless children and their parents shared in all the things that make the season special. Individuals, congregations and corporations came together to provide them with gifts, holiday meals, and even parties.

We asked each of our client children to submit a ‘wish list’ for two special presents and, sure enough, their wishes came true - thanks to our generous, caring community!

Virginia would be overwhelmed by all the Santas out there who answered a child’s request. She would have seen 2490 small faces shine in rare moments of joy and delight, and their parent’s faces glow with the knowledge that there are so many people who care about them and their children.

Our community is truly blessed with people who do, indeed, exemplify the spirit of Christmas.

- Connie Mercer

Founder and Executive Director, HomeFront


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