Small community shows big hearts

For a small community, we sure have a lot of people with some very big hearts and generous spirits. Children seen at our Child Advocacy Center as well as children in our Family Support Program were the beneficiaries of the overwhelming generosity of the staff and auxiliary of Nathan Littauer Hospital. Each year, the dedicated coordinator of the “Gingerbread Project,” Kelly Colby, reaches out to an agency that works with children and families who could benefit from some support during the holidays.

Well, we could not have even imagined how these amazing people could have impacted the holidays for so many. One mother whose son receives counseling at our Child Advocacy Center began crying as the gifts were delivered to her home. She said that now her son would have a Christmas with some gifts under the tree as she was not sure how she would have done that without the “Gingerbread Project.”

So, thank you to all who participated in the “Gingerbread Project,” and especially Kelly Colby for her commitment to coordinating this effort. Your acts of kindness made the holidays brighter for so many of our littlest members of our community.

May 2014 continue to bless our community with people who live by a quote of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give.”

JANINE DYKEMAN, executive director

Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties