To The Daily Sun,
During the past two weeks the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region held its winter outerwear distribution. We were able to provide assistance to 629 children in the Lakes Region. More than 500 children just in Laconia with 34 from Bristol, 38 from Belmont, 10 from Meredith and 32 from Gilford were served. We continue to fill requests from school nurses, guidance counselors and social service agencies.
We had our shelves stocked full but they are now depleted. We are in the midst of filling orders that we were unable to complete as we ran out of clothing and boots. A special thank you to Bootleggers and Al Miltner who continues to work with us to provide good quality winter boots for children grades 5 and under.
We rely on donations only to provide these items for the children. This fall we have the help of a few local service groups which are reaching out in creative ways to donate funds to us.
On Nov. 13 at the Inter-lakes Community Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation are presenting their fifth annual Lakes Region Dancing with the Community Stars event. Each year the event has six to eight local stars and dance professionals who compete to win the mirror ball trophy and 50 percent of the proceeds to be donated to his/her favorite nonprofit. All participants are given a donation for his/her charity. Over $30,000 has been raised for local charities since 2011. Santa Fund secretary Andrea Condodemetraky will be dancing for the Santa Fund with Katie Laroche. Please come and support all the local charities that are represented at this event.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, join Laconia Kiwanis Club for its first paint & sip fundraiser sponsored by Stafford Oil. Local artist and all-around awesome guy Larry Frates will be giving a demonstration on how to create a scenic painting. Admission is just $35 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region. So, bring some friends, your favorite bottle of wine, and help us support this great cause! Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or from a Kiwanis member.
We continue to thank all of our board members and the community of Laconia for supporting our program year-round.
Santa Fund Board of Directors
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