By Anna Denson
As the new year dawns and the holidays draw to a close, REACH of Haywood would like to thank everyone who contributed gifts and support throughout the season. These contributions helped us provide our clients with a bright and hopeful holiday season and new year, and will go on to help us provide emergency services throughout 2016.
For example, REACH received a generous outpouring this season from the St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Maggie Valley. St. Margaret has been a supporter of REACH for many years, annually sponsoring five or six families during the holidays. Organizer Ann Ketchum and the St. Margaret Women’s Guild provide each family with a wonderful bundle of holiday gifts, as well as donating food and supplies for the clients in REACH’s emergency shelter.
REACH also received considerable donations from organizations such as the Treetop Quilters, the Waynesville Garden Club, the Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run, and several local churches, as well as from attendees of the REACH holiday gala.
These are only a few examples of the many acts of kindness exhibited this season, from donors as near as Waynesville and as far as Virginia. Community support is an invaluable resource, and we are deeply in gratitude to all families, individuals, and organizations who choose to stand with REACH as allies. So again, thank you. Together, we can make a safer world.