To the Editor:

The Kent community embraces the true spirit of Christmas -- giving and sharing -- so others may have a bright holiday season.

We are grateful for the generosity of individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations for their donations to the Kent food bank and Kent Santa Fund.

We especially wish to thank the Kent Volunteer Fire Department and those who donated to its "Stuff-a-Truck," Jim Blackketter and the House of Books' Angel Tree, the congregations of First Congregational, Sacred Heart and St. Andrew's churches, the Kent Community Fund, Kent School, South Kent School, The Kent, the residents of Templeton Farm, the Santa Fund elves and the many individual and anonymous contributors of food, presents, gift cards and money.

Families in need in the community, including 35 youngsters and Kent seniors received food and gifts thanks to your collective efforts and kindness. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with so many caring people again this holiday season and to be able to bring holiday cheer to dozens of families.

Thank you again for sharing your bounty with others. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2012.

Lesly Ferris

Joyce Kearns

Bill and Fran Goodsell

Santa Fund

Food Bank

Kent