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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Donations in December

Christmas has been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. The city is transformed into a winter wonderland; families plan gatherings to exchange presents and catch up on the happenings of the year; people seem happier, and simple occasions seem to be more meaningful this time of year.

In the giving spirit of the season I proposed an idea to the Fort Thomas Matters team. I thought we could tap into the pantries of our faithful readers and collect can goods for the Brighton Center. We were fortunate enough to partner with Fort Thomas Coffee in this holiday project, and it proved to be an outstanding team.

We set up boxes in Fort Thomas Coffee and accepted donations for a month and a half. We received boxes of cereal, soups, vegetables, and many other can goods that will feed many people in need this winter.

Last week I made the trip to the Brighton Center in Newport and delivered our collected goods. I met with Deana Sowders who is the communications specialist for the center. She was so appreciative for all of our donated goods. She showed me around the Family Services Center, and finally showed me the food pantry where the food is collected. They were in need of a lot of things, so the goods that all of you donated were received at a perfect time.

Ben delivering the donation boxes to Deana Sowders and The Brighton Center

Deana’s repetitive phrase that afternoon was “thank you.” She said it over and over again, and I assured her it was truly our pleasure. I wanted to relay Deana’s thanks and the Brighton Center’s appreciation to all of our readers and those who helped make this possible. A special thank you to Fort Thomas Coffee for being the perfect partner in this holiday endeavor.

From everyone at Fort Thomas Matters, Fort Thomas Coffee and on behalf of everyone at The Brighton Center we wanted to say, “Thank you!”

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