Letter: Senior Angel Tree gratitude

To the wonderful people of Rappahannock County,

A very sincere thank you for making this year’s Senior Angel Tree such a tremendous blessing to the community’s seniors. We were able to distribute 130 brightly colored packages wrapped with love and care to the Rappahannock Senior Center seniors, home-delivered meal program of RRCS seniors, Social Service seniors, Food Pantry seniors, Jackson House seniors and other county seniors. Several were taken to area nursing homes where county residents are currently housed.

Virgil Corbin and Mary Holmes enjoy the fellowship — and gifts from bonafide Angels — at the Rappahannock Senior Center’s Christmas party last month.Courtesy photo
Virgil Corbin and Mary Holmes enjoy the fellowship — and gifts from bonafide Angels — at the Rappahannock Senior Center’s Christmas party last month.

So many lives were touched due to your generosity and kindness. The special touches many of the gifts/packages had were just amazing! Beautiful homemade items, things that were hard to find (yet you found them!) and an abundance of blessings in each gift. Though it was not essential that all items on each angel were purchased, most of you went above and beyond, making sure the seniors did not lack in anything! Thank you for your love towards a most precious group of people, and for showing each of them how special they are!

Many of them asked me to express to you how much they appreciate everything you did for them, everything they received. Here are a few comments in their words:

“A great big thank you to the Rappahannock Community for blessing me through the Senior Angel Tree! What a great community — one that sees that its senior citizens are so taken care of in a special way. The Angel Tree is so special in that each of us is personally given gifts by community citizens with a big heart . . . and I so appreciate being included. Thank you again — what a great thing to do!”        

“The fact that my ‘angel’ took the time and made a great effort to get the items on my list made my Christmas very special . . .The pictures of Elvis were very special, as Elvis and I share a birthday.”

So thanks, again, to the Union First Market Bank for hosting the tree with the angels; to Kelly Settle, Phyllis and all the employees there for their organizational and creative assistance; to Amo Merritt for her amazing crafting skills, computer organization and all else; to Ellen Mustoe for her able assistance;  and to John Feeney, Charles Dodson, Alice Anderson (and Gwen, of course), Daniel Keyser, Shelby Welch, Marty Haun, Mimi Forbes and the Food Pantry Staff, and all of my other “elves” who helped to distribute the gifts quickly, efficiently and sweetly.

And to all of the community for your shopping expertise, your generous hearts and your love! You are all what make this world a better place to live in, and I’m sure that is echoed 130 times by each of the senior recipients! May you be continually filled with blessings in your lives — today, tomorrow and the whole year through!

Darcy Canton
Rappahannock Senior Center supervisor

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