To the Editor:

On Dec. 10, 2011, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the fourth 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 $6,700.

Slices with Santa has become a holiday tradition in Washington offering 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 basket given at Thanksgiving and Christmas to provide food and gifts to 20 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 and from those who will continue to benefit, I would like to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to all who made this event possible and so overwhelmingly successful.

Mary Ann Greene

Secretary

Selectmen's office

town of Washington