The Gift that keeps on giving! A Huge Thank You!
By: Beth Marek
Sunday, January 15, 2017
OMG, what a magical Christmas Giving Season Old St. Pat’s has had. We collected thousands of gifts, wrapped them and delivered them to our programs to brighten Christmas for many people. So on behalf of those who received this past holiday season, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am continually amazed and in awe of the generosity of this community.
I also want to thank the Giving Tree Committee who work like elves to make this magic happen every Advent! Sara Rinke, Donna Kamuda, Marty and Mike Kenahan, Ann Marie Ries, and Jeanne Plunkett – you make it meaningful, thoughtful and fun!
I have some thank you notes to share with you, the very generous community of Old St. Pat’s:
“Thanks so much for making this Christmas the best Christmas ever! Words are hard to express at this point. We were having trouble this year and wondering how we were going to tell our son. But I prayed for a blessing and received a miracle! I can’t thank you enough. You have been such a blessing. Thanks again.”
“Thank you for all the wonderful gifts for our patients here at the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. You guys are truly amazing and make it so wonderful for our patients and families! We are so grateful to have an organization like yours support our kiddos. You guys are the best! Thanks for Santa as well. He is magical and my favorite part of the holidays. Thanks for all you do for us.”
I also want to share the wonder of Giving Tree with you in pictures – through the amazing lens of Dan Pels, an Outreach volunteer.
Again, I am very blessed to witness this outpouring of love every year. I get to see the joy on the face of the giver and the tears in the eyes of the receiver. Thank you again for a very MERRY Christmas Season and for all you do to care and share.
Happy New Year! Beth Marek and Her Elves