Community response was awesome

We want to send a big “thank you” to all who helped make the 2009 Giving Tree Program a success. As expected, we saw a large increase in families who asked for help. We had 527 children who were supported with gifts this year as compared to 368 last year. There were 246 families who asked for help this year.

The community response to this effort was awesome. We had more individuals sponsoring children than in past years. This effort would not have been possible without our committee chair Elizabeth Emmons, her co-chair Nicole Shroy and Pastor Jon Swanson of the Selah Church in Monroe. Also thanks to committee members Marlene Wilson, Jen Reasoner and Colleen Holman.

A big thanks to the staff at Valley Electric for their continuing support for the children in Sky Valley and to Valley Electric owner Andy Ward as well. Thanks also to the many local business that helped. We also want to acknowledge the strong participation and support from Crosswater Church in Sultan and Selah Church in Monroe. A special thanks to Costco for the turkeys donated for our families. Thanks to Sultan Elementary School for their annual toy drive and to Donna French for the Sky Valley Toy run.

Without all of you, this would not be possible and there would not have been the smiles we saw on the children who came by with their parents.

Dave Wood

Director, Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center

Volunteers of America