Special thanks

How can we thank you? Let me count the ways.

1481 less fortunate families served … 4392 happy children with gifts … 541 families adopted by the community … 940 families adopted with your donations by Adopt-A-Family in house … approximately 9976 gifts purchased and wrapped for in house applicants … approximately 3370 volunteer hours (not including Board of Directors) … 96 volunteers.

We are amazed and thankful for the support we received from our friends. All of you continue to give hope and love to our neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season. We are proud and honored to be an integral part of this wonderful Southwest Florida.

Lest we forget, we must thank our volunteers who gave unselfishly of themselves for an extraordinary number of hours in order that we could complete our endeavor. We can never show them enough appreciation for their support and loyalty.

Thank you for your generosity for enabling us to reach our Christmas goal of “Help us, help others.”

May you have a happy, healthy and safe 2009.

— Elaine M. Henneberry, President, Adopt-A-Family of Manatee Inc.

Seeing the light

In the middle of January, my wife and I went to be examined for eye glasses. While we were waiting, my wife fell off her seat to the floor and hit the back of her head. Immediately, the store manager called 911. The ambulance came within minutes and the paramedics were very kind and courteous while they treated her. I would like to express my appreciation to them and the concern of the people who were there in the store. My wife is doing fine. God bless all of you.

— John De Quinzio, Bradenton

A pleasant performance

I recently had the pleasure of attending a ballet, “Alice in Wonderland,” performed by students at the Manatee School for the Arts. Never have I seen a more professional group of young people. The 139 young performers were outstanding, the costumes beautiful and the choreography exceptional.

The lead, Samanta Quinn Grutzner, choreographed and performed her ending solo to perfection. Kudos to the director, Cheryl Carty, all the performers and everyone who contributed to this delightful and thoroughly enjoyable performance.

— Patricia C. Hafers, Lexington, Ky.