Letters to the Editor - Dec. 22

December 21, 2010

Campaign for wounded soldiers was big success

To the editor:

On behalf of the wounded soldiers and their family members temporarily residing and recovering at the Fisher House in Washington, D.C., the Franklin County chapter of the American Red Cross would like to thank all of you who either donated or collected items during our Wounded Soldier Collection Campaign.

As always in spectacular fashion, the people of Franklin County opened their wallets as well as their hearts during these difficult times to help those that are in need.

Great job, Franklin County. The military families will appreciate the collected items and your enduring compassion.

Allen A. White Jr.
emergency services director
Franklin County chapter, American Red Cross
Chambersburg, Pa.

Lights help relate true meaning of holiday

To the editor:

Brrr ... OK, who didn't pay the heating bill? Wait a minute, we were all just complaining about the heat a bit ago, weren't we? Oh well, guess that's called being human.

Let's look at it with an open mind. The snow is pretty when it is falling, sometimes almost glittering like inside a glass snowball you would turn upside down and shake. Now, if it just didn't lie on the ground and I had to worry about falling again, but such is life.

If you haven't had the chance yet, take a break and go to see the lights in Wheeling, W.Va.

We were fortunate to take a bus trip, and the lights were breathtaking. I think our bus driver, Dave, ordered this special time just for us. It was like a movie, except for driving up the mountains a few times. We ate breakfast in front of a large window that looked onto the patio, covered with snow that made the red and green decorations even prettier.

You could see the deer playing and mountains as far as the eye could see. Snowflakes were dancing down. At night, all of the lighted decorations made you forget how cold it was. When you looked down at the houses and farms, it resembled the train layout at the roundhouse in town. Life just seemed to stand still. It was a quieter, more gentle time. Leave your problems behind for a few hours and enjoy the beauty of the earth God has given us.

With all of the hustle and bustle, take a few minutes to take a deep breath and look around. Remember the true meaning of this holiday. A little baby boy was born in a stable to give us a better life here and later in heaven.

Happy birthday, Jesus. Merry Christmas to all of you. May all your other holidays be special, too.

Darlene Hoffman

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