To the Editor:

The Kent community, individuals, families and businesses shared their generosity this holiday season in unparalleled ways.

We are grateful and humbled by the numerous acts of kindness that enable us to help families in need this Christmas.

From the Kent Volunteer Fire Department's Stuff-a -Truck, individual elves, Kent School, Marvelwood School, Kent Children's Center youngsters, Kent Community Fund, the congregations of Sacred Heart, St. Andrew's and First Congregational churches, to the food donations left around town, the anonymous contribution of Christmas trees, Kent True Value, the House of Books' Angel Tree and the monetary donations, we thank each of you.

This outpouring enabled us to provide Christmas gifts to 29 children and dozens of senior citizens and to provide food throughout the holiday season to numerous families and individuals.

We especially would like to acknowledge several past recipients of holiday gifts who this year dropped off donations to "pay it forward" as a way of expressing thanks for support they received in past years.

We especially were touched by these acts.

We wish to share the appreciation of these families and individuals with the community and publicly thank all who worked together to make a difference in the lives of others across the community.

Kent is fortunate to have many caring residents who come forward selflessly, year after year, to help others, and we appreciate your continued support.

Best wishes for 2011.

Lesly Ferris

Bill and Fran Goodsell

Joyce Kearns

Jerrilynn Tiso

Santa Fund

Food Bank

and Social Services

Kent