kennedy_groupJanuary 2010: Christmas 2009 was much brighter for a number of people in our region, thanks to the kindness and generosity of a group of individuals, businesses and organizations who truly made a difference for dozens of families supported by Monadnock Developmental Services. Especially during these difficult times, this generosity touched every family in so many ways.

For the tenth year in a row, the remarkable employees of Kennedy Information in Peterborough sponsored a number of area families, providing toys, clothing, books, certificates and gift cards to make Christmas brighter for them. Other companies whose employees sponsored families and children were FirstTracks Marketing Group of Peterborough, SunBridge/Harborside Healthcare of Sharon, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, PSNH, United Natural Foods, and WKS-Residential Resources Inc. Wally Reney and Toys for Tots donated dozens of stuffed animals, toys and sleds for MDS children. The staff of the Community Kitchen provided nutritious food baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas for MDS families in need. We also want to thank the the Blais family, the Broad-Vigneault family, the Messier family, Norma Leach, Dennie Wheeler, the Family Council, MDS employees, and the many other wonderful community members who gave gifts and donations to help make a better Christmas for families in need in our region.

Especially during these difficult times, this generosity touched every family in so many ways. One mother wrote: “As I left the MDS office, I was attempting to get to my car without anyone seeing the tears in my eyes. But these tears were not like the ones I shed last Christmas. These tears were tears of Joy.” We heard from another family: “Because of you, my children awoke on Christmas morning to see that Santa had come.” Another comment: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

On behalf of everyone at MDS and the individuals and families we work with, we thank all of you for your generosity and good will. If you have any interest in sponsoring a child or family for next Christmas, please call us now at 352-1304 and we’ll put you on our list for 2010.