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Grateful for the support

Dear Editor:

LIFT-UP recently wrapped up its year-end accounting and sent out receipts and thank-you letters for 2009, so I also want to extend my deepest appreciation to the entire community for your tremendous support last year.

With the instability of the economy, it was a year of unusually high demand for LIFT-UP’s services. Requests for assistance were about triple what they were the previous year, with some of our food pantries serving five to 10 times more people than usual in certain months. We tried to keep the public informed, and thankfully, our community came through and helped us meet the dramatically increased needs of our struggling neighbors. A huge amount of food was donated, and financial support remained strong despite the weak economy.

I am sincerely grateful to everyone who participated in food drives and gave financial support, and to all the businesses that did special promotions to benefit LIFT-UP. Our volunteers, staff and board of directors also went the extra mile to meet the needs. There are far too many people to name here, but it’s safe to say that thousands of people participated in making sure everyone in our region had food to eat last year.

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LIFT-UP is effective because our caring community makes it possible for us to be effective. We are simply a channel for your generosity and kindness. I know the economy impacted every household in our region, so I am extremely grateful for the extraordinary support that LIFT-UP received. Our six area food pantries and The Extended Table Soup Kitchen continue to be much busier than before the economic downturn, and we don’t know when conditions will improve. But I do know that as long as there are people in need, and a community that cares, LIFT-UP will be here to help. It’s great to live in a community that cares so much about one another.

Michael L. Powell

LIFT-UP executive director


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