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opinion Alexandria, 56308

Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

To the editor:

On behalf of the Jingle Bells Foundation and the Alexandria Jaycees we want to thank everyone who helped make the 65th annual Jingle Bells Telethon such a huge success! A special thank you goes out to the dedicated staff at Selective TV and Gardonville Telephone Cooperative, Lake Geneva Christian Center for hosting the telethon and H. Boyd Nelson, Inc. for generously hosting the distribution of baskets.

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More than $72,000 was raised this year. This money will be used to pay for 1,000 food and toy baskets that were delivered and the expenses associated with a live broadcast of this size. Although we did not meet our goal of $120,000, we are still accepting donations as our expenses are currently greater than what was pledged.

More than 30 acts performed in the telethon Saturday night and on Sunday, many dedicated volunteers helped package and deliver the food and toy baskets.

So many businesses, organizations, individuals and volunteers have made this possible and we are truly grateful to have those relationships. Hundreds of families helped out over the last few weeks and their efforts serve as a great community unifier. Volunteers, especially the kids, learn the value of giving to others and the spirit of volunteerism and community.

It cannot be said enough how humbled we are to be blessed by your generosity and caring. Together we can make a difference, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.

If you would like to donate to Jingle Bells, you can go online to www.jinglebellsalexandria.org or you can mail a check to: Jingle Bells Foundation, PO Box 131, Alexandria MN 56308.

Mike Schreiner, public relations

Jingle Bells Foundation

Alexandria Jaycees

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