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HAYA thanks all Santa's helpers

Written by Gail Innis
Sunday, December 23 2012

Gail Innis

HOLLY, Michigan - Yesterday was Delivery Day, when Santa’s helpers come to local children’s homes with gifts from the Jacobson/Quinn Toy Project.

On behalf of Holly Area Youth Assistance and its Jacobson/Quinn Toy Project Committee, we express our sincerest “thank you” to the Greater Davisburg and Holly Area Community for your fabulous teamwork, collaboration and volunteer efforts to bring gifts and happiness to local children this holiday season. School groups, youth organizations, businesses, civic groups, government offices, HAYA’s local sponsors, families, faith communities and individuals banded together in a BIG way to enlighten the spirit of Christmas within our community and in the hearts of children.

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Young, older and in-between - citizens of all ages – came together giving of their resources, time and talents to help local children and families in need. Families with children received wrapped gifts delivered to their doors from all of you allowing them to have a Very Merry Christmas.  Not to mention the countless gifts of food baskets and care packages provided by individuals, families, faith communities, local groups and especially Davisburg Rotary Club and Holly Kiwanis Club.

Thank you to HAYA’s sponsors, donors of all types and sizes including monetary, goods and services, gift givers, giving trees and gift boxes' hosts, gift collectors, gift shoppers, gift wrapper, gift delivery people, the Holly Area Youth Assistance Board of Director and project committee organizers. It truly was a gift of service our community and a promotion of the positive image of the Hulet-Bravender VFW Post (Post 5587) and its members’ dedication within Holly to graciously allow HAYA to use the VFW Hall the entire week before Christmas!  We definitely know that Santa’s color is red - like the fire trucks and other vehicles driven by the firefighters of Groveland Township Fire Department and North Oakland County Fire Authority (NOCFA).

You all truly carry the Spirit of Christmas, striving "to strengthen youth and families through community involvement."  Holly's own spirits of Christmas past, Dick ("Jake") Jacobson and Doug Quinn are smiling down on all of you saying, "Thank you for helping our kids and for a job well done."

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy, and Safe New Year!

Gail Innis
HAYA Case Worker


+5 #1 Linus Monday, December 24 2012 8:38am
A big "THANK YOU!" to the Holly Area Youth Assistance for all that you do for our kids throughout the year. This is an organization that is there when the kids need them day or night. Merry Christmas!
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+2 #2 holly2003 Wednesday, December 26 2012 7:45pm
Dont forget about the Village of Holly Fire Department that were out helping with the toy deliveries. All those men and women did a great job and we should be very thankful that we have people out there that care. :roll:
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+1 #3 Sophia Monday, December 31 2012 3:37pm
Don't forget about all the volunteers that contributed their time to wrap presents. Also local restuarants donated food for the volunteers. Do you know that you can "adopt" a specific family? (you then get specific requests and clothing sizes) Consider doing this next year as a family project.
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+5 #4 Katy Hughes Wednesday, January 02 2013 9:14pm
Here are some stats pertaining to the 2012 HAYA Jacobsen-Quinn Toy Project:

- Received applications from 167 families
- Gifts provided to 435 children
- 13 families were 'adopted' (gifts to 33 additional children)
- 79 volunteers helped to wrap gifts
- 43 volunteers helped to deliver gifts

THANK YOU to the wonderful people of the Holly community; we couldn't have done this without you!
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