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Letter: Thank You From Community Services

The Holiday Programs for The Orange Community Services takes place every year and as usual we are so grateful to all who participated in, donated food, baskets, gift cards and toys.  Every year is better than the last.  In addition, we received many generous monetary donations to the Community Assistance Fund which supports the Holiday Programs and the Food and Fuel Banks.  Thank you to The Lions Club who held its 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Orange residents; it was a huge success and well attended.  Thank you to Maplewood of Orange who hosted its annual Festival of Lights Event – a silent auction of beautifully decorated trees; of which the proceeds were donated to the Community Assistance Fund.  Thank you to all the various congregations and the Clergy Association of Orange for the generous donation of food and the monetary offering from the annual Interfaith Celebration of Thanksgiving.  Thank you to the Orange Highway Department for its donation of toys.  Thank you to the Orange Police Department for having the first ever Stuff a Cruiser with toys event at Target that yielded six cruisers full of toys and for having a wish tree for our Adopt a Family program recipients.

We would like to thank:  American Seal and Engineering Company, Coldwell Banker, Bobs Furniture, and the New Haven Islamic Center for their very generous monetary donations to our Community Assistance programs.  Artie Dixon for donating unwrapped toys, Mike at Center Balance in Orange, Temple Emmanuel, Church of Good Shepherd, Or Shalom, Holy Infant Church, Congregational Church Goddesses, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Barbara’s Church. Orange, St. Anthony’s Church New Haven, Closer to Home, Orange, Orange Arts Council, Garden Club of Orange, Boscovs, Target of Orange, Shoprite of Orange, Orangewood Women, Orange Community Women, various Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout Troops, and Cub Scout & Boy Scouts.  Also the Orange Republican Women, Amity Middle School, Peck Place School, Turkey Hill School, Race brook School, Mary L Tracy School, The Juniorettes, the Barrett Family, Ken Mike Towers, Orange Visiting Nurse Association,  and Gabriele’s Restaurant.  Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer, give monetary donations, sponsor families, donate baskets, gift cards and food for our Adopt a Family program and Holiday Programs.  There are so many generous donors it would take pages to list everyone so we apologize if we missed anyone.

We are privileged to have so many businesses, organizations, schools, places of worship, employees and individuals that have been so generous to our programs.  Again, thank you to everyone involved in donating to the Community Assistance Fund and sponsoring the Holiday Programs that provide for Orange residents in need.  Your kindness and generosity is so greatly appreciated.  As always, the response was amazing!

Thank You All So Much!

Joan Cerebella
Director Orange Community Services          

Denise Stein
Outreach/Municipal Agent

Kim Callahan
Administrative Assistant

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