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December 15, 2012

Tonawandas: Full of givers

Tonawanda News — “Yarn on the Chair” could be the title of a great book. Instead it was a huge bag of yarn that was on my chair at work Wednesday morning. At the DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s gift shop where I dropped off for the yarn, a shopper asked what the yarn would be used for.

After explaining how the yarn project snowballed and the wonderful donations that were received, her comment was: “That’s what the Tonawandas are all about — giving.”

How right she was.

Take, for instance, the Rockin’ with Santa that was started by John and Kate White but which has grown by leaps and bounds each year. The dynamic couple stopped by the News to pick up an overflowing toy collection box and said that about 30 volunteers showed up to help set up 25 tables at the Elks Club in Tonawanda. More than 3000 toys have been collected — can you even imagine 3000 toys — so that children in the more than 130 needy families in our communities will have new toys for Christmas. John also mentioned the number of people, most of whom he doesn’t even know, who gave donations of $50 to $500 to assure the success of the event.

The woman at DeGraff was right: It’s what the Tonawandas are all about — taking care of their own.

Now back to the yarn. A woman, who would not give her name, dropped of a clear garbage bag full to overflowing with yarn, so many of the skeins have never even been used. A huge thank you to whoever this generous person is. This yarn went to Karen Armenia and her knitting groups — and she was delighted!

And speaking of DeGraff gift shop — have you looked there for some unusual and perfectly priced gifts? What a great array. The same goes for the Carrousel Museum’s gift shop. Really unusual gifts.

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