Thanks for giving at Season of Hope concert

Saying “thank you” sometimes just doesn’t feel like enough. I feel that way as I write this letter.

On the night of Dec. 9 the sanctuary at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker was overflowing with Christmas spirit and mostly Christmas love. The music shared and the love displayed by our communities at the Season of Hope concert made it an evening I will not soon forget.

I want to first thank the performers, musicians and technicians who gave their time and talents to make this, as told to me, “our best concert yet.” These kind souls donated hours of practice, driving to practices, setting up and taking down the altar, making sure sound and lighting were perfect — a true gift of gifts!

Thank you to Thrivent of Walker-Kyle and Jill Duclos, and The Pilot-Independent for donating advertising and marketing materials. And finally, yet most important, thank you to everyone who attended the Season of Hope concert. Because of you, many children will have a gift to receive this Christmas.

In the three short minutes when we “passed the plate” for a free-will donation, we received $2,036. Wow! Thank you!

Did you know this may be the only gift these children receive all year? There may not be a gift on their birthdays or any other holiday or achievement.

I’d like to remind everyone that not all have a say or a choice in what their current circumstance might be — maybe someone lost a job or is grieving the loss of a loved one; maybe the family car broke down or the furnace quit; maybe an unforeseen surgery or medical issue has placed a burden on the family. The one thing I am certain about is that the children of these families have no say or choice in the matter, and this is why our communities bonded together at the Season of Hope concert.

I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my grateful heart. Merry Christmas!

Heather Cruse

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