We got this e-mail today from Connie Pifher, the Community Center health coordinator who is Verona’s unofficial clearinghouse for local charity:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted me in helping the Verona residents in need this holiday season. You brought in turkeys, hams, gift certificates and gifts. Trees were donated and delivered and ornaments were made. Money was sent to the Children’s Fund and when a family in town experienced a fire, the word went out and help arrived. In spite of grim economic times in 2009 Verona was resilient and helped its own.
Verona worked hard in 2009 to make things happen. Organizations and houses of worship baked cakes and held fundraisers. Families did with less in order to give more. When I told you about a school in Paterson that needed books, you dropped them off to the Community Center. More people were in need this year but the need was met. As a watercolor painting in the rain, the holiday season for me blended with the demands of an H1N1 pandemic and seasonal flu shortage. You lent me a helping hand and made my job easier. Thank you seems so mundane but it is heartfelt.”
Thank you Verona!