To the editor:

It takes great generosity to make the work possible at a place like Hastings Family Service, and this community always comes through!

It was an amazing November with the 21st annual Gobble Gait raising $125,000 and bringing thousands of people to our community Thanksgiving morning. Thanks to organizers Mary Fasbender, Jay Kochendorfer and Brian Radke and their families, and to all of the volunteers, participants and sponsors, especially Vermillion Bank and Storm Creek.

Thanks to everyone who gave a gift on Give to the Max Day, raising over $32,000 for HFS programs and services! HFS is also grateful to Pete Likes and the performers and attendees at the annual Give Thanks concert, and to Kings Place for hosting their annual toy drive. Ace Hardware in partnership with Mac McGoon Studio held a pictures with Santa event to benefit HFS, and Storm Creek held warehouse sales that benefited many area nonprofits. The list goes on and on...

Now we are in the midst of the Project Share holiday assistance program at HFS where over 160 area families have already been adopted and many supporters have brought in toys or given through area gift trees. Still happening is the Merchants Bank 10 Days of Giving with the local schools holding food and fund drives; holiday concerts at the Brookings Art Center at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; and the Holiday Train arriving at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 with a Jamboree hosted by Branchline Church beginning at 6:30 p.m.

I truly believe that when we all do whatever we can do, it adds up to something transformational and we see it change lives each day at HFS. We are so grateful to be part of a community that rallies to help one another and exemplifies the spirit of giving.

May the season bring each of you the light and hope you have shared with others.

Amy Sutton

Hastings Family Service associate director