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Keep first responders in your thoughts

January 8, 2011
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Jamie Peterson of Escanaba:

"My bouquet goes out to all our local emergency responders. It is comforting knowing we have such a dedicated community and people who are ready at a moments notice to risk their own safety to protect others.

"With winter conditions upon us, it is even more dangerous to respond to the needs of others during an emergency. Please consider these wonderful people when passing by an auto accident, fire or a responding ambulance. Please think of them and drive carefully. Thank you for all that you do."

From West Highland residents and staff:

"On behalf of the West Highland residents and staff, thank you to the Rock/Perkins choir for the beautiful Christmas cantatas. You were appreciated and enjoyed by all."

From Dwaine Menard, food pantry supervisor, St. Vincent de Paul:

"The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank everyone who donated food to our pantry at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Thank you to those who volunteered their time at Elmer's and Super One Foods with the Canathon.

"Thank you also to anyone who donated toys and gifts for the Angel Trees for our Christmas baskets and to those who helped assemble, distribute and carry out the baskets. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and continued support."

From Katie Jacobsen of Gladstone:

"On Christmas Eve about 6:30 p.m. we heard a knock at our front door. Upon opening the door we found three young ladies standing on our sidewalk. They sang in perfect harmony, a beautiful Christmas carol. We would like to thank these three young ladies that took the time to walk door to door singing Christmas carols in the Lake Bluff neighborhood on a cold Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, we have no idea who they are. But we, along with the entire neighborhood, will remember the sound of their voices for some time to come. Great job girls! Thank you."

From the American Red Cross:

"The American Red Cross would like to thank the all the donors who took the time to donate 142 units of blood during last week's holiday blood drive. Their generous gift of life will make a difference in up to 426 people's lives. A thank you also goes to the Escanaba Civic Center and Gladstone's First Lutheran Church for allowing the American Red Cross to hold the blood drives at their locations. In addition, we would like to thank the businesses which provided refreshments for the blood drive. We also could not have the blood drive without the help of all our wonderful volunteers."

From Bernice Wieciech, Foster Grandparent for Bark River-Harris School:

"Thank you, thank you from the Foster Grandparents of Bark River-Harris Elementary School to the residents, businesses and local organizations of Bark River for their generous donations during our latest Foster Grandparent fund-raiser".

From Don Kopacz, disaster services volunteer for the American Red Cross:

"A huge thank you to all those in the community who stepped forward with donations of food, clothing, and financial donations to the Lance and Becky Burnell family of Ford River who lost everything when their home suffered a total loss due to a fire a few days before Christmas.

"The outpouring of help from both businesses and residents certainly helped make their holiday season much more joyful under these stressful times. Financial donations are still being accepted through the Delta County Credit Union."

From the Rapid Rivers Girl's Varsity Softball Team:

"The Rapid River High School Girl's Varsity Softball program would like to thank all friends, family members, and businesses that contributed their time and efforts in helping sell a record amount of tickets for the annual gun raffle fund-raiser held from September through December. Also, a huge thank you to the community folks who purchased tickets.

"All proceeds directly go to support the self-funded program. We appreciated everything that everyone did to contribute in making this year's raffle a huge success."

From the Escanaba High School Library:

"On behalf of the Escanaba High School Library, Sandra Motto would like to thank Delta County Credit Union and all of the employees for donating money from their bake sale to the library. The proceeds will be used to purchase new books. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated."



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