Editor’s note: Maas Bros. Construction was missed in a letter to the editor submitted to the Daily Times thanking donors to the Gifts for Watertown Kids fundraiser held at Turner Hall.

Editor, Daily Times:

Jefferson County Christmas Neighbors celebrated its 65th year with 444 families receiving toys, food, clothing, mittens, scarves, hats and blankets as part of our toy program, and an additional 184 families were adopted. Nearly 1,800 children were helped in the two programs.

The generosity of area communities was overwhelming, including time, money, toy and other donations. We want to thank our corporate sponsors St. Vincent de Paul, Jones Farm, Jefferson Walmart, Tyranena, Badger Bank, Premier Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, and City County Credit Union. A big thank you also goes to Valero Renewables-Jefferson, who chose Christmas Neighbors as one of the recipients of the proceeds from their golf tournament. Another huge thanks to Lake Mills Market for picking Christmas Neighbors as the recipient of its December “round up” where customers donated their change to our program. 

A thank you to Pepsi Co. who provided the funds for the rental for the Activity Center for our distribution day. Thanks to Badgerland Marketing for their help with the website and Badger Press for their printing support.

Wedl’s, City County Credit Union, Fort Community Credit Union, Badger Banks, Premier Bank, Summit Bank, and WFAW all had food and/ or toy drives. Thanks so much.

Thanks to the anonymous donor of 3,000 pounds of potatoes.

Other donations were provided by Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Festival Foods, Paddy Coughlin’s, Once Again Consignments, Jefferson High School Student Council, Jefferson Utilities, Green Pak, Perry Way Food, IPEC, Foust Foundation, Sullivan United Methodist Church, Knights of Columbus, Jefferson Kiwanis, and Jefferson Optimist Club. Thanks to Jefferson Walmart for the use of their grocery carts and Kwik Trip and Little Caesar’s for their pizza donation. 

Each year we provide drop off points for toys and food and want to express our thanks to Premier Bank, Badger Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, City County Credit Union, Summit Credit Union, and American Family Insurance of Jefferson and Deerfield.

Many others provide a valuable service by volunteering. Among these are the volunteers who work each week in the office for the five weeks preceding the give-a-way, the toy shoppers, along with the many others who assist during the set up and distribution at the fair park. A special thank you to Jefferson Patchworkers, Watertown Senior Center, Debbie Pederson, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and all our other wonderful crafters who provide beautiful mittens, hats, scarves, dressed dolls, quilts and blankets.

We couldn’t put this huge program together without the help of transportation from Grinwald Ford and Rob’s Performance of Johnson Creek. Thanks to ABATE members and all our drivers, and those who provided security the day of distribution.  

We also appreciate the press we get from our county newspapers and WFAW Radio. 

Another big thank you goes to Jefferson, Waterloo, and Johnson Creek high school students, West Elementary students, and St. Joseph Catholic Church and school who collected so much food/toys. Also thanks to the students from those high schools and the eighth-grade students from St. John the Baptist School who helped with set up and/or distribution day. Thanks to Stone School 4-H for all the wrapping paper and to Lake Ripley 4-H for their clean up help.

What can I say about the Latino Club from Jefferson High School and the Spanish Club from Johnson Creek who provided translators and helped the families with their shopping? Your help was invaluable. Thank you. 

We thank the many families, businesses, clubs, churches and organizations who adopt families, some returning year after year and many others who give monetary donations. We are grateful to each and every one who has contributed in any way.

 We sincerely hope we have not forgotten to mention any large business donors, but we want all of you, whether your contribution was large or small, to know you are appreciated. Thank you so much.

Christmas Neighbors Board

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