To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region Porcupines have finished up this year's Toy Drive with a bang. We had set a goal of $4,000 because we wanted to help 70 kids with gifts this year if we could.
We worked hard to get donations, but fell short of our goal by $815. Fortunately, I had a previous letter into The Daily Sun talking about the LRP Toy Drive, and a gentleman from Laconia saw that story, contacted me and said he would cover anything we were short.
That gentleman, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote us a check for the $815 we were short. Thanks to the generosity of all that donated I am happy to announce we have supplied 32 families with 83 children at least two gifts per child as well as things like, winter clothes, boots, wrapping paper, Scotch tape, name tags and a big black trash bag we use to deliver the toys in can then be used to clean up the mess from the gifts on Christmas Day.
One thing I found out this year is that many folks were unable to get help, not because there wasn't any help but because they asked too late. We are proud to have caught some who fall between the cracks. Thanks to all those that donated we were able to help many that had nothing but hopelessness for this Christmas. To know the joy these children will have thanks to those who give back to the community inspires me to keep doing this, to see the relief on the parents faces when we deliver compels me to keep working hard. With the volunteer elves we had, this year's contribution was a breeze.
Aside from a small fee youcaring.com charges us for collecting donations and depositing them in our account, 100 percent of all other donations goes directly to the children, volunteers not only give there time but pay any expenses they incur like gas for example.
I can't express how grateful I am to Tony Jankowski, Jaime Jankowski, Marie Aldrich, Deb Notkin, Rick Notkin, Molly Notkin, Carol Gardener, and Ben Scott among others that worked to bring this event to fruition. Thanks for making a difference.
I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
State Rep. Glen Aldrich
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