Valentines For Heroes

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, February 13, volunteers from the Sandy Hook School P.T.A. delivered homemade cookies and Valentines to the first-responding police departments-along with all Newtown fire departments and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps-who supported Newtown on 12-14-12 and the weeks that followed. This 'Valentines for Heroes' project could not have been accomplished without the efforts of hundreds of parents, students and community members who baked cookies, made Valentines cards, sorted and arranged the cookie trays, and transported the finished trays to more than 90 departments throughout CT and NY. To everyone who contributed time and talent to 'Valentines for Heroes,' thank you so very much.

We'd especially like to thank the Big Y and Stew Leonard’s, who donated the plastic cookie trays and tops to this program. In addition, we thank Danbury-based graphic designer Vincent Albano, who donated his services to create the 'Cookies of Kindness' cards that accompanied each tray. We thank Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs for providing a list of all the departments that responded. We thank My Place Restaurant for providing lunch to our volunteers. Finally, we thank the Newtown United Methodist Church for providing use of their facility to sort and arrange more than 4,400 cookies and Valentines.

Above all else, we'd again like to thank the first-responders from around the region who assisted Sandy Hook and Newtown in the wake of 12-14-12. On behalf of the entire Sandy Hook School community, please accept our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.

Karyn Holden and Barbara Sibley

Co-chairs, Valentines for Heroes

Sandy Hook School P.T.A.

39 Great Ring Road, Sandy Hook             February 26, 2013

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