I would like to thank our community at large for its support of the Good Tidings Christmas Store. (See ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News, Dec. 17, "Davidson students help group spread holiday cheer.")

To the Editor:

I would like to thank our community at large for its support of the Good Tidings Christmas Store. (See ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News, Dec. 17, "Davidson students help group spread holiday cheer.") Now in its third year, the Good Tidings Christmas Store served 252 Hilliard families who were struggling financially. As a result, 765 children received new gifts on Christmas morning.

The store ran for six days in December. Parents joyfully shopped for new gifts at 10 percent of retail prices while their children were cared for on site. This store is a true hallmark of the caring community that we in Hilliard are.

The community effort was supported by: 11 local businesses, nine churches, two schools and three community organizations. Moreover, 148 adults and 41 youths from our community dedicated their time during this busy season to volunteer as personal shopping assistants, "Santa's helpers" overseeing and caring for children and wrapping assistants to parents.

In addition, caring community members donated more than 1,500 new toys.

Together with our partner, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, we at Serving Our Neighbors Ministries, would like to thank the community for responding with such generous hearts and spirits to your neighbors facing the unique challenges of suburban poverty this Christmas season.

Through partnerships, we strive together, for the best for our community.

Sarah Florimonte

Serving Our Neighbors Ministries