To the Editor:

On Dec. 9, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the 10th annual Slices with Santa to raise funds for Washington individuals and families in need.

The event, held at the Washington Depot firehouse, raised $16,781, despite less than perfect weather conditions.

Slices with Santa has become a holiday tradition in Washington, offering an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner.

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 used to offset the cost of Washington’s holiday baskets given at Thanksgiving and Christmas that provided food and gifts to over 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 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 so overwhelmingly successful.

Mary Anne Greene

Selectman’s secretary

Town of Washington

Secretary

Washington Community Fund