Letters to the Editor - Dec. 5

December 05, 2011

Holidays are a great time to do something for others

To the editor:

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded to give thanks for all of our blessings.

We’re very grateful to all of our friends and supporters in the community who include Summit Health, Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital in their charitable giving.  As our economy continues to languish, Franklin County residents remain generous even as their own household budgets have tightened.

Each of us has something to share with others whether it is our volunteer time, a special talent or a charitable gift:

• You can volunteer your time at your favorite charity. Our hospitals’ volunteers gave nearly 87,000 hours during this last year. Volunteers are a lifeline for any charity, and we deeply appreciate their selfless service.

• You may have a talent. Perhaps you sing or play an instrument, can do plumbing or electrical repair, or just enjoy visiting with someone who lives alone. Local nonprofit organizations like ours can use your skills.

• And lastly, charitable gifts. No gift is too small to make a difference. We’re grateful for each and every contribution, and for the generous hearts behind it. The combined gifts from donors help ensure a strong and viable health care system for you and your family. By supporting local nonprofits, we strengthen our own communities.

During this holiday season, take time to do something to benefit someone you may never meet. For Summit Health, it’s providing the highest standard of health care possible to a patient undergoing cancer treatments, a serious surgery or cardiac arrest. For our fellow nonprofits, it may mean a hot meal, a warm bed, a listening ear or a child’s toy under the tree.

I feel privileged to live in such a compassionate and caring community. May the season bring you much joy as you share your blessings with others.
Deborah J. Strong, director of development
Summit Health

Treasure Sale a wonderful event for museum

To the editor:

Annually, for the past 12 years, the Singer Society volunteer organization supporting the work of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has hosted the annual Treasure Sale to benefit the museum’s operations.

The sale is a wonderful community event. It welcomes one and all and fosters budding collectors. It provides donors of goods with a way to pass on beautiful household goods, works of art and other items, with the understanding that the object they enjoyed will continue to bring delight to a new owner.

All of the funds raised help support the day-to-day activities at the museum, including free admission, hundreds of programs (many of them also free) and hours and hours of opportunities for inspiration or calm.

On behalf of the more than 50,000 annual visitors to the museum, thank you to the Singer Society for your generous gift of time, talent and expertise in presenting this exceptional annual event. It was extraordinary.
Rebecca Massie Lane, director
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Accommodate seniors’ needs in less expensive way

To the editor:

Why are we thinking about putting so much money into a new senior center at this time in a struggling economy? Why are we considering locating it outside of the city limits and into an already overcrowded neighborhood? It seems to me that if we want to help the seniors and our city, we could use the money that is being considered to work better in other ways.

We have several areas — South End, Long Meadow and downtown — that have several empty buildings. We could open up more than one center. They could walk to or they would have plenty of parking within walking distance with little congestion to hurt slow walkers. By using the money for the utilities and buying things to make these centers a nice place where they can spend the day, it seems like a way to help all.  

Friends and family could drop off loved ones easier because it would be more convenient. Taxis and bus services would be more reasonable with cost. Maybe the owners of the shopping centers could donate space, because if you have more people in the area, you could bring in more shop owners to open small businesses to sell their services.  

The seniors deserve a place to socialize and relax during the day, and I don’t believe they are asking for too much. It just seems like things are going to extremes to accommodate their needs at this time. I know we want to give them the best that we can, but they need something now.

Lu Ann Hammond

Thanks to Salvation Army bell ringer

To the editor:

I want to thank the lady standing in the rain outside of the post office Monday, Nov. 21, ringing the bell for The Salvation Army. That is true caring and dedication to a wonderful organization.

So thank you, lady. You indeed have the true meaning of Christmas, helping others not as fortunate as most.

Rosa Lee Meyers

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