Williamsburg's Homeless & Indigent

P.O. Box 366, Lightfoot, VA 23090
Office: 757-561-3255
"Assisting people in re-gaining hope and a better way of life."

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Congratulations, Williamsburg! You did it again!
It never ceases to amaze us at Williamsburgs Homeless & Indigent how concerned citizens give and give generously at Christmas. But in a last minute frenzy, thanks in no small part to the article the Gazette ran, donations poured in to supply Christmas gifts for the homeless and needy in our community. In all, over 230 individuals were "adopted" at no less than $100/each. That's over $23,000! On behalf of the recipients, since most of the donors chose to remain anonymous, thank you, thank you, thank you!
For financially struggling parents, one major concern at Christmas is the mental health of their children. Though it may seem trivial to us adults, not receiving gifts can be a devastating blow when the kids return to school and hear other kids reporting on what they recieved. Further, though it takes some humility to accept other peoples' donations, it matters to homeless and impoverished adults that "Santa" brings something for their children to enjoy.
WHI as an organization would like to thank the following businesses/groups/individuals for either time or monetary donations (while maintaining some anonymity for privacy's sake):
Deanne and family, Sword Flooring, Hall Ford employees, Long & Foster, our Daily Press/Va Gazette custmors who sent donation checks into the ministry along with our Christmas tips, Catherine Sweeney and family, Carraba's, Jim and Ann Moore, Tequila Rose II, New China, St. Martin's Episcopal (provided the hall and laborers for the dinner), military and CW employees, Santa with his wife and helpers (Giggles the Clown andcompany), and, finally, our founder (Patti McKenzie) who spent untold hours on the phone organizing,shopping, and cooking to make it all come together.
With this great success buoying our spirits, we wish you and yours a very happy New Year, and pray that you may prosper for your generosity!
Geoff McKenzie


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