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Blue Star Moms packing

To the editor,
    I had the privilege to work in Eleanor’s Pantry on December 20. We had “an angel” and gave generous monetary gifts to our clients. The gentleman was spreading the real meaning of Christmas.
    I thanks him for being so kind and lifting my spirits this busy time of year.
    Sincerely,
    Adele Walters
    Paw Paw

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To the editor,
    Thank you, Maple Lake residents for lighting up the lake! Sue Danielson proposed the idea several years ago and it has become an annual tradition.
    Sincerely,
    Frank Walters
    Paw Paw

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Dear Editor,
    The Blue Star Mothers of America Southwest Michigan Chapter 179 recently shipped 134 boxes, loaded with Christmas stockings, pillow cases, oreo cookies, peanut butter and jelly, caramel corn, magazines, wipes, and cards and letters, hand-made by students in our local schools and members of the community, to service men and women deployed away from home over the holidays. This was the most boxes we have ever packed for our Christmas shipment, and we did it with more volunteers than ever before (pictured above).
    We are so incredibly grateful to our community for your support of our mission to bring a little bit of home and holiday cheer to our troops. We estimate that the boxes we sent will be shared by more than 1,072 service members.
    We thank those who donated to our project, and those who helped pack the boxes. It is your contributions that made us successful. We could never have done this without you!
    We are committed to projects which help raise the morale of our troops and bring more support to America’s active military and service men and women, as well as veterans, and their families.  We are planning another, smaller shipment in June; so, we encourage you to keep donating!
    With sincere gratitude,
    Blue Star Mothers
    of America
    SW Michigan Chapter 179

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To the editor:
    Eleanor’s Pantry continues to help feed 1,000 of our food insecure neighbors each month through your generous gifts. Your kindness is valued beyond measure.
    Many of you hold yearly benefits for us. Rich Johnson, GM of D. Coy Duck’s, held his eighth Chili Cook Off.  The chili tasting was delicious and the music by Bad Endings enjoyable, creating a fun evening generating many donations. Thank you to those of you who participated in United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” at Family Fare.  The bus was, indeed, filled with LOTS of needed items.  
    The Fraternal Order of Police, Van Buren County Lodge #136, again gave us a generous gift.  Thank you to Chemical Bank for their yearly support.
    For the 7th year, Dave Johnson’s “Playing for the Pantry” was highly successful.  He played at these venues on Small Business Saturday:  Walt & Marie’s, Outpouring Coffee House, Amoré, Taylor’s Florist and Gifts, Van Buren Coffee and The Shop, H2 Designs, Warner Vineyards, D. Coy Duck’s, La Cantina, and Paw Paw Brewing Company.  
    We also received a wonderful contribution from St. Julian for our volunteers who poured wine during the Wine Fest.
    Many others of you kindly support the pantry as well.  100 Women Who Care of Van Buren County chose Eleanor’s Pantry to receive their quarterly donation!  Thank you to each of these women for their incredible gifts.  Wagoner’s in Lawton frequently donates to us.  Timothy Willoughby celebrated his birthday by having a food drive for the pantry.  He collected and delivered 1-1/2 truck-loads of items!  
    Paw Paw Grad Bash collected items for the pantry, too.  Again, members of the Thursday Night Bunco made a yearly donation.  
    We would also like to acknowledge Knouse Foods, Lawton Card Club, Paw Paw Brewing Co., Trinity Luth-eran School, the Carnegie Community Garden Club, Your Cause, and our local churches for their assistance.
    Thank you for continuing to collect Family Fare receipts for us.  You have just earned us another $1,000!
    Kindness in giving
    creates love,
    Nellie DeLong
    Community Outreach
    Eleanor’s Pantry  

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