Letter: Kearsarge Community Christmas Project

To the Editor:

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice has collaborated for many years with area school nurses, welfare officers, churches, businesses, organizations and individuals on the Kearsarge Community Christmas Project in support of local families who need extra help during the holidays. Families are identified primarily through school nurses, who distribute the request forms which must be completed by families seeking help. The focus on gift-giving is, of course, the children. However, parents also benefit by receiving gift cards to help with holiday costs.

Our sponsors, which include caring and generous individuals, families, businesses and organizations, can either adopt a family or make donations of cash or gift cards to meet the significant need we see each year. And support it they do … in a big way! Finally, the program could not happen without our dedicated, hard-working volunteer “elves.” They send and collect request forms, seek sponsors and donors, shop, advertise, organize gifts, determine a location and date for families to pick up their gifts, send thank you notes and spread the joy! Laurie Jacques and Debbie Cross have served as our elves for the past four years, fine-tuning a well-organized system put into place by the elves before them, Jen Ellis and Barbara Gurnsey. This year nearly 70 families received support, with an average of three children per family. This translates into more than 200 local children having a Christmas that otherwise might not have been possible.

Cathy Raymond

Development Officer, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

New London