Participating in Teach-In gratifies
I would like to thank the many wonderful teachers and students at Chasco and Paul R. Smith middle schools and Chasco, Quail Hollow, Richey and Woodland elementary schools for inviting me to participate in the Great American Teach-In and for allowing me to share my many theater experiences.
My interactions with teachers and students were rewarding and special.
Dr. Arthur R. Day, New Port Richey
Toys for Tots needs your help
As you may know, this year with the all the bad economic news, Toys for Tots and Toys for Tots of East Pasco will face its greatest challenge since I took over the program in 1999. Already we are swamped with requests for toys from newly suffering families.
Many of these new-to-us families have never needed help before, and are bewildered by the prospect of asking for our help. My heart goes out to them. And I fully believe that if we can assist them this year, and perhaps even next year, they will once again get back on their feet.
We expect our donations may be down and the requests for our assistance will go up. This is proving to be the case in November. But we will not be intimidated or defeated.
When we had our meeting last month, I told all our east Pasco area captains that I had increased the number of our referral form by 25 percent. This year, 2008, we intend to register 4,000 tots, and then hope to assist many non-registered newly needy families.
We can do this! Our community has never let us down, but they will need to be advised of our needs and plans.
Next week, Saturday, Dec. 6, will be the annual Toys for Tots letter carriers' toy drive. Area residents are requested to place new, unwrapped toys next to their mailbox. The letter carriers delivering the mail will return the toys to the Toys for Tots program. Boy and Girl Scouts also will help the letter carriers unload collected toys when they return from their rounds at the Zephyrhills and Dade City Postal Service branches.
I am confident that again this year we shall exceed our lofty goal of assisting 4,000 registered children and then have toys left over to provide a most merry Christmas to many new and non-registered families.
Bob Loring, Toys for Tots of East Pasco
Fill red kettles with compassion
Every year many people in our community take a moment to drop a donation into our red kettles. Maybe you've heard the bells ringing and have done the same. With your help, those kettles are filled with more than spare change or dollar bills, they're filled with compassion and the desire to make a difference. For that, we thank you.
As the holidays rapidly approach, I am once again reminded of how dependent we are on God's people for their generosity. All that we accomplish this season will be made possible because of the support shown by friends of the Army, like you.
Your donations make it possible for the Salvation Army to assist countless needy families and individuals in west Pasco. Whether it's a donation to help clothe the poor, feed the hungry or shelter the abused, the Salvation Army and the people we serve appreciate every gift given.
Jeanne Rae Coulter, manager, Center of Hope, The Salvation Army, Port Richey
Students' teach lesson in giving
In the midst of a sinking economy, the spirit of human charity soars in the Tampa Bay region. The 2008 "Harvest for Humanity" effort wraps up this month with inspiring results.
Hundreds of schoolchildren in the area collected more than 4.2 tons of food for Christian Social Services in Land O'Lakes, and thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity. This "Harvest for Humanity" was designed to help needy families with short-term help — meals — as well as families with long-term needs — housing.
Students at Pine View Middle School, Charles Rushe Middle School, Land O'Lakes High School and Saint Leo University all donated generously to this effort. It is the students that taught this lesson: In a bankrupt world, kindness is the richest currency.
Charlie Reese, Lutz
Cheers to football, cheering squads
Congratulations to our Gulf High Buccaneers football and cheerleader squads for being a couple of points short of perfect. Both squads finished in an amazingly close second place (but No. 1 in our book) in their respective competitions. What a difference a year makes.
Great job by the coaches, faculty, and especially the students, and a special thanks to our new principal and the spirit squad.
Joe Rizzo, New Port Richey