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Letters to the editor

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 12:01 am

Christmas Bureau is a great help to corrections center

For 21 years, the families and the children of individuals under Allen County Community Corrections supervision have been fortunate enough to receive donations of toys, clothes and a wonderful monetary donation from the Allen County Christmas Bureau. Under the leadership of President Jane Surbeck and her wonderful board members there has never knowingly been a needy family without some kind of assistance.

This kindness reaches many people. At present, there are 750 individuals currently under community corrections supervision. There are approximately 1,025 dependent children. In addition, 150 individuals are unemployed; and of those employed, the average yearly salary is $19,500. The need is always very great, but especially at Christmas time.

Every year, community corrections has been able to plan a children’s Christmas party where Santa is often present to visit with the children. The staff then comes together in teams to deliver Christmas gifts and dinner and food packages to the neediest of families. This year, another family Christmas event is being held for the Kelley House men and their families.

When the abundance of gifts were delivered to the Community Corrections Center recently from the Christmas Bureau, the overwhelming feelings and words of gratitude and the camaraderie of the staff as they prepared to select items for their Christmas families was heartwarming to experience.

Truly, the purpose of the Christmas Bureau is to provide to those in greatest need at Christmas time, and this kindness will never be taken for granted either by the staff at Allen County Community Corrections/Kelley House or by the families the program serves. The correctional system is very fortunate indeed when a charitable organization like the Christmas Bureau takes a second look at individuals who are genuinely attempting to earn their way back to the table and gives them a hand.

Allen County Community Corrections/Kelley House Staff

Broadway Corridor neighborhood thanks

I’m sure I express the gratitude of the presidents of the other seven neighborhood associations that surround the Broadway Corridor, as well as the residents of those neighborhoods, in thanking St. Joseph Hospital, Indiana Michigan Power Company, Imagine Schools, Lake City Bank and Shine & Hardin LLP for their commitment to our area, as demonstrated by their continued support of the beautiful Christmas tree on Broadway and the holiday-related festivities.

I would also like to thank those businesses who contribute to the neighborhoods by providing the services needed to make the Christmas tree a success: Harold McComb and Sons General Contractors, Mudrack Tree Service, Hall’s Restaurants, Ellison Bakeries, WAJI Majic 95.2, Summit City Electric, Graycraft Signs Plus, and Visionscapes.

Once again, the Broadway Corridor glittered with the lights of the holiday season, thanks to this annual celebration that has become the most anticipated event of the year by the families of our neighborhoods. This year, a crowd of 1,500 people gathered to enjoy the holiday cheer with cookies, a cup of hot chocolate, a ride on the Polar Express Train and a chance for the children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer. The efforts of the above businesses show their commitment to the promise of Broadway and the urban core of our city. Our families, neighborhoods and city are stronger because of their efforts.

Also, thank you to all of you who have visited the Christmas tree on the Broadway Plaza. We appreciate you visiting our neighborhood.

Darrell Kindschy, president, Creighton-Home Neighborhood Association

Giving thanks to soup kitchen volunteers

The St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving dinner was again a wonderful success.

Over 2,200 pounds of turkey were prepared along with dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberries.

We served about 856 sit-down meals and 903 carryout meals. Over 427 volunteers assisted in the setup, serving and cleanup.

As chairman of this event I would like thank the Fort Wayne community, Pepsi Co., Sun King Ice Co., Kelly Box Company, the schools, the many individuals who made donations and all the volunteers who helped make this dinner possible.

Thank you, Fort Wayne!

Patrick Mc Bride, chairman