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Letter to the Editor

Thanks for community support of Rotary projects

December 25, 2013 - Dear Editor,

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, members and friends of the Clarkston Rotary were on Clarkston street corners selling the club's Goodfellow edition to raise funds for the children of Clarkston. One hundred percent of the donations were spent to provide more than 350 Clarkston area school children with new winter boots and shoes, hats, mittens, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Clarkston Rotarians, friends of Rotary, Clarkston Area Lions Club, the Clarkston Optimists, members of Oakland Woods Baptist Church, Cub Scout Pack #499, as well as Boy Scout Troop #199 all volunteered their time and energy. Over 2,000 volunteer hours are needed to complete both programs.

The Clarkston Lighthouse staff and Clarkston Community School social workers have worked to determine and sign up children on a need basis.

Mr. Alan's Sportswear of Redford and their operations manager help to insure that each child's receives new shoes and boots.

A special thank you to the local dentist offices for donating toothbrushes and toothpaste, and The Clarkston News for publication of the Goodfellow paper.

Clarkston schools and local churches support the program by collecting new hat and glove donations. Oakland Woods Baptist Church provides support and use of their church on the day of the distribution. The Clarkston Lions provided Project Kidsight, a free eye examination to all of the families. The Clarkston Area Optimist Club has joined with their Opti-Socks program.

The "Shoes for Kids" program is truly a collaborative community effort. Thank you for your continued support over the past thirty-five years. The children of Clarkston are a little warmer and safer again this year.

Joel DeLong and the

Clarkston Rotary Club

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