One student's opinion
To the editor:
My name is Anderomeda King and I'm an eighth-grader at Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa, Ill. My mass communications class is writing letters to editors across the country in hopes of being published and this is why I'm writing you.
How come so many people are racist? Why do some people have to hate because of the color of their skin? I think people should just forget about it. Just leave it alone. The word we live in today is a lot better than it was for blacks in the 1800s. Do you know how it feels to be the only black girl in your class?
Lake Villa, Ill.
Help pours into kettles
To the editor:
So many people in the community worked and gave to help The Salvation Army make it a happier Christmas for their less fortunate neighbors that any attempt to list them might result in some embarrassing omissions.
First, were the more than 40 service clubs, church groups, youth groups and individuals that volunteered to serve long hours manning our Christmas kettles. They raise $40,942 during one of the coldest Novembers and Decembers in recent history. And of course we must give a big thanks to Wal-Mart, Kmart, The Leavenworth Plaza, Dillon's, Petro Deli, and in Tonganoxie, The Post Office, Community National Bank, B and J Apple Market, and First State Bank and Trust for allowing us to "ring ours bells" at their business. Without their support we would have had no where to put the bellringers.
Then there were all the schools and groups that held food drives for The Salvation Army. We received more than 8,000 pounds of food from these drives. The food was used in the 121 Christmas baskets we distributed, and will be used by our Social Services Department through the coming year.
Next there were the hundreds of people in the community who adopted an Angel or a Star of Hope and made sure the wishes of more than 400 children and senior citizens were filled. There were also the families and groups that adopted an entire family and took on the responsibility of seeing to that they had the gifts they wanted and the food they needed. You took time out of your busy holiday schedule to pick out special gifts for people you did not know. And by doing so you filled their hearts and souls with joy.
And finally, there were the thousands of contributors who donated a total of $68, 820, either through the kettles, our mail appeal, or just by sending an unsolicited contribution. The money raised through the Christmas donations helped many, who might otherwise have been forgotten, share in the job of Christmas. But more than just help as Christmas, the money raised will continue to give for months to come and make a big difference in many people's lives.
We want to thank you all for your generosity and love. We want to thank all of you for allowing us to be the hands and feet of your love. But the biggest thank you comes, through us, from all those who lives who have touched, May God bless each and every one of you.
Capts. Byron and Elaine Medlock,
The Salvation Army,