'Faithful 4' shop till they drop to make holidays better for others

Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2004

"Shop till you drop" is often a term for recreational shopping for the hard-core shoppers. However, the faithful four ladies who put together the Sears, Mountain View and Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive this year were very dedicated and hard-working shoppers.

They started in November, canvassing the community businesses and individuals for donations, then taking advantage of after-Thanks-giving sales. They began doing non-stop shopping from mid-November until four days before Christmas.

Because of their hard work and dedication, they were able to help 65 families in our community who had a need this holiday season. These families included 176 children. Each family was provided a Christmas dinner, extra canned goods, two new toys per child, a new school outfit, underwear, socks, hat and mittens for each child. Sometimes children also were provided with winter clothes.

Kimb Remsen, Maureen Boyle, Megan O'Neill and Kelly Williams were the Santas behind the scene, to whom we are ever grateful for their hard work, caring and commitment. Kimb has been the chairperson for this effort for 11 years and does a ton of work related to organizing this effort, meeting many families' needs each year.

There are not enough "thank yous" for the valuable work these ladies have done for our Kenai families, at a time of year when many of us can barely keep up with Christmas for our own families. Thank you for all you do!

Mick Wykis, principal, Sears Elementary Schools

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