To the Editor:
On Dec. 7, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the fifth annual Slices with Santa to raise funds for Washington individuals and families in need.
This year Slices with Santa was held at the Washington Depot firehouse and raised more than $8,500.
Slices with Santa has become a holiday tradition in Washington, offering an "all you can eat" pizza dinner for $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Its success is a result of the donations made, not only by the fire department, but also by area restaurants, markets, businesses and individuals -- and the many, many people who attend or who contribute financially even if not able to attend.
The funds raised will be distributed to the Washington Community Fund and the St. John's Fund to offset the cost of Washington's holiday baskets given at Thanksgiving and Christmas to provide food and gifts to 30 families.
They will continue to be used throughout the coming months for Washington families and individuals who are faced with unforeseen emergencies and who will require assistance with such things as heating and utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, food, clothing, and medical bills.
On behalf of those who have benefited from and those who will continue to benefit from Slices with Santa, I would like to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to all who made this event possible and so overwhelmingly successful.