Letters to the Editor -- January 23, 2009

Projects possible because of many

Saying thanks does not adequately express our gratitude to Chick and Rose Mary Sali, owners of Etched in Time, formerly located in the Rehoboth Mall, for their monetary donations for lunch to Faith United Methodist Church School students who visited with residents at The Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna, Del., as part of their ongoing community service.

We’d like to thank Jocelynn Reese, Freddie Bowe and Diana Duffy, Timothy Harmon Sr. and Shelldean Harmon for taking time out of their busy schedule to serve as chaperones.

Our devoted 15 students who attended and had a lifetime experience of how good life is to them and an appreciation for what they already have were: Tykia Duffy, Ahkeesha Duffy, Marnae Duffy, Aaliyah Reese, Jordan Taylor, Mozella Matthews, C’eyra Middleton, Aaliyan Jefferson, Alisha Artson, Janae McDaniel, Para Washum, Cameron Pitts, Darnisha Cannon, Teana Cannon and Nyasia Brown. This entire trip could not have been possible without the careful planning and coordination of the Rev. Thomas Johnson.

Chick and Rose Mary are two people who make everyone feel welcome whenever you enter their store. It’s great to see there are still people like the Salis, who have not lost touch with people.

We were very sorry to hear that they have relocated their business to Harbeson, Del. We will continue to patronize your business and tell our friends, associates and others to come your way.

We would also like to thank you for donating the beautiful plaques to us that were presented to our “Faithful Football Crusaders” at our annual Christmas Program. The recipients are: Quarterback the Rev. Thomas Johnson; Center Faith United Methodist Church members: Field Goal Kicker Bernita Hackney; Full Back William “Alonzo” Batson; Defensive Co-coordinator Sallie Duff; Defensive Team Members Beonica Duffy, Karen Chandler, Shelldean Harmon, Dilinda Bonville-Deshields, Jane Duffy and Marlene Duffy; Special Team Janie Miller, Angela Taylor, Christina Miller, Linda Bonville, Tamela Brittingham and Bruce Duffy; Band Regina Batson, Gertrude Vann and Marvin Duffy; Commentator Diaz J. Bonville; Camera Crew Juanita Walker; Trainer Alphonso Miller Sr.; Cheerleaders Jeron Duffy and Waynne Paskins; MVP Diana Duffy; and finally, Hall of Fame Irene Duffy.

Thank you again for the constant dedication and devotion you have shown by giving back to our community.

Edward Jr. and Claudia Reese
Community Service Projects
Faith United Methodist Church
Rehoboth Beach

Food pantry thankful for help from many

Thank you so much to the many individuals who donated food during this holiday season. To the local churches who gather food each month; the Young Girls of Faith at Salem United Methodist Church, who collected about 115 bags of food in Keenwick Sound; the various scout troops; Wendy at Weight Watchers; the employees of Happy Harry’s west of Fenwick Island; WoW at Mariner’s Bethel UMC; Swann Keys Ladies Auxiliary; and Brandywine Assisted Living.

Also, many thanks for the ground venison donated by the Delaware Department of Fish & Wildlife’s “Hunters for the Hungry”; Food Lion on Route 113 in Selbyville for the monthly donation of bread and baked goods; and for those who drop off a bag or two at Salem, home of our pantry.

Please know that we appreciate each and every item we receive. Times are tough for many families and we have seen a 33 percent increase in membership since September 2007.

It has been wonderful to see the outpouring of love and caring these past few months. Please remember that we eat year-round and our need continues to grow. Anyone who feels the desire to contribute in some way, please call me at (302) 436-4118. I can provide a list of what is most needed, along with delivery information.

Last, but not least, is a very special thanks to all of the volunteers who work really hard to bring about our monthly distribution of food to our less fortunate neighbors.

Again, our sincere thanks for anything you have done to help in our mission to the Lord.

Dottie Campbell, Coordinator
Community Food Pantry

Mentor program express thanks for vols

January is National Mentoring Month. Frankford Elementary School would like to thank our dedicated mentors. We are very fortunate to have 110 wonderful adults from our community who mentor students for an hour or more each week. Our mentors come faithfully, week after week, at times rearranging their own busy schedules to accommodate their students’ schedule. We will be hosting a luncheon at Frankford Elementary School on Jan. 30 to honor our mentors.

We would also like to thank and recognize Indian River High School’s Spanish IV classes, who read with our first-grade classes each month. In addition, we would like to thank the Keenwick Ladies Group, St. Ann’s and Hocker’s for their generous support of our program.

Bonnie Crowther and Gail Fedick
Frankford Elementary School Mentor Program