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Letter: Thanks given for Christmas Tree Forest participation

We'd like to offer a huge thank you to all of those who participated in Love INC of Worthington's second annual Christmas Tree Forest.

Thank you to the 30 local businesses and organizations for sponsoring and decorating trees. Thank you to Sylvia Andersen, Lois Gruis and the many piano students for providing the music. Thank you to Diana Kvilhaug, Marj Olson, Connie Wienrank, Diane Levine, Karen Pfeifer and Dwayne Wienrank for decorating the "forest." Thank you to Thrivent Financial for providing refreshments and matching funds. Thank you to Pastor Gordon Orde, Duane Anderson and Kevin Fleming for their hospitality and helpfulness at First United Methodist Church. And, thank you to the more than 760 visitors who voted for their favorite trees by making donations totaling $4,570.40. With a matching grant of $550 from Thrivent Financial, we received a total of $5120.40 to help local individuals and families in need through the ministry of Love INC.

We'd also like to congratulate the decorated tree winners, as determined by viewer's donations. First place was awarded to Ron's Repair Inc. (Trucker's Dream), second place was awarded to Johnson Eye Clinic PA (God's Gift Wrapped in Love) and third place was awarded to Jessica Noble State Farm (Christmas Confections).

Again, thank you to all involved in making this a successful event. May God bless each and every one of you this holiday season.