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December 25, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-25 | Cuddles for Kids thanks benefactors

JOHNSTOWN — The eighth annual Cuddles for Kids Christmas toy drive just wrapped up, and again the community has humbled me with its generosity and support.

This season’s drive was in memory of Brenda Rice, who was a longtime supporter of Cuddles for Kids. I know she’s smiling down at the success.

Thank you to all the area businesses that served as drop-off locations: Woodside Bar & Grill, Dollar Tree and Dollar General.

Thank you, also to West Side School-Aged Childcare program for holding toy drives and St. Andrew, Our Mother of Sorrow, Cathedral Catholic Academy, St. Benedict and Ferndale Elementary schools for donating their dress-down day proceeds to Cuddles For Kids.

Special thanks to my school, Bishop McCort Catholic, for supporting the dress-down day and to my classmates (past and present) who helped this year. I’m proud to be a Crusher.

Thank you, Danielle Krout and Kelly Urban, for your constant support in spreading Cuddles for Kids awareness.

Lastly, thank you, the community. If it were not for you believing in me and Cuddles for Kids, we could not be successful in helping all the organizations and hospitals we do and issuing more than $2,000 in grants this year.  

It’s this kind of support that makes living here so great. Merry Christmas everyone and a big heartfelt thanks. See you for the ninth annual Cuddles for Kids.

Conner C. Hagins


Founder, Cuddles for Kids

Act of honesty was refreshing

I feel compelled to write of a wonderful incident that I (and others) witnessed at a Kernville store on Dec. 18. It involved a gentleman paying for gas with what he thought was just a $50 bill.

After receiving change and exiting to go pump his gas, the female clerk (let’s call her Angel) noticed that a $100 bill was stuck to the back of the $50. She immediately came around the counter, opened the door and summoned the man back into the store, where she explained what had happened. He thanked her, explaining the money was part of his children’s Christmas gift money.

This may not seem any more than a person doing his or her job, correctly, I may add, but I still believe this needs to be acknowledged because, let’s be real, this doesn’t happen as often as we would like to think.

At some point in your life, you may have noticed that you lost a $20, $50 or $100 bill, and unfortunately there’s someone thinking finders-keepers. It’s refreshing to have someone, especially whose job it is to handle money, be so honest and forthright.

Steve Chlebovec


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