To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia High School Class of 1983 would like to extend its thanks to a number of people after the wonderful success of our Homeless Outreach Project.
Our class initially collected donations toward the purchase of warm sleeping bags, tents and tarps for the unsheltered homeless in Laconia (Operation Sleep Tight). When that goal was reached within weeks, Operation Care and Comfort was launched to provide the homeless with other needed winter items.
Thanks to donations from classmates and friends, from Walmart in Gilford and from Lowe's in Gilford, we were able to pack 12 backpacks with warm weather flannels/sweaters, seat warmer cushions, wool socks, hats, gloves, scarves (made by the inmates at Belknap County Jail), headlamps, hand/foot warmers, and other items. We were also able to provide four tubs of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for these folks. We will continue to support this unsheltered homeless population with our remaining funds throughout the winter.
The Class of '83 would also like to thank Sgt. Dennis Ashley of the Laconia Police Department for his guidance and advice in getting started on this project, the Laconia High School Key Club for supporting this endeavor, and thanks especially to Michael Bernier of the Community Action Program for his support, direction, patience, and willingness to distribute the items to the homeless in such a conscientious and responsible fashion.
With our gratitude,
The Laconia High School Class of 1983's Homeless Outreach Committee
Lynn Brody Keltz, Shelly Daniels-Marcoux, Christine Lerp Johnson, Kim Myrick Hook, Heidi Wells Gannon and Jayme Reever Duggan
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