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Dec. 28: 2008: Our readers write

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By The Staff

 Thanks for recognizing innovation

Generous, compassionate people have come through once again to make the 38th Annual Helping Hand Christmas Basket Program a tremendous success. It's a success that can be measured by the smiles on faces of children receiving gifts, volunteers delivering gifts and our Hardin County neighbors who read your wonderful article and felt grateful to live in such a special community.

Never before have so many people come together to make this effort possible. Thousands of individual contributors gave during the Every Hand Helps food drive. More people gave gifts at the Towne Mall Helping Hand Christmas Tree. And a growing pool of volunteers helped pack and deliver the boxes. In every instance The News-Enterprise did an excellent job of reporting this important and positive news story.

Sometimes reliable is mistaken for old and gets lost in the shuffle of daily news. The Helping Hand Christmas Basket Program is certainly reliable. But reliable doesn't mean automatic. Innovation often is required to keep an effort of this magnitude moving forward. Your newspaper is to be commended for recognizing the innovation of Helping Hand and the amazing response of our community.

Johnny Melloan

Elizabethtown

  Thanks for giving

I would like to thank our community for totally giving of yourselves and your resources to put others first.

Once again, the Helping Hand of the Heartland Christmas Basket program was a huge success. You helped to make Christmas brighter for more than 2,000 people (2,222) to be exact. Each year churches, civic groups, companies, individuals and families combine to give so other families and individuals can enjoy the same spirit of Christmas that they enjoy with their families.

God gave us the most precious gift of all in His Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, it our duty as His children to spread His love by giving joy to others. This community does an absolutely tremendous job each year when it bands together for the Helping Hand Christmas distribution.

Whether you gave to the United Way of Central Kentucky, gave to the Every Hand Helps food drive back in the fall, pulled an angel off the Christmas tree at Towne Mall, gave to a toy drive, volunteered to assemble the baskets, delivered baskets or sent money to the Helping Hand office, you gave so others could enjoy the love and warmth of Christ.

Remember that need knows no season. Christmas is a wonderful time to spread love and good cheer. However, the need for clothes, food, utility bill assistance and medical assistance exists in January, February, March, April, etc. Please continue to remember Helping Hand of the Heartland in your prayers and charitable giving all year long.

A special thanks to all the Helping Hand of the Heartland staff and volunteers. You are true angels on earth! A big thank you should go to all the media outlets in Elizabethtown. Each newspaper and radio station helped out in a special way to share information about the need to give. We send special appreciation to Kevin Addington for his contribution of the space we needed to assemble the baskets.

John Wright

Chairman, Helping Hand of the Heartland Board of Directors

Radcliff