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ST. MARYS â€“ Many gathered on Sunday, April 22 to assist in creating the final packages for the Letters from Home program. It was a day of celebration as volunteers and special guests saluted those involved.
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) visited the ceremony to offer his congratulations.
â€śChristine [Jovenitti] had the original idea in 2003,â€ť Thompson said. â€śSince 2003, the program has touched the lives of over 600,000 contacts.â€ť
Thompson spoke about the importance of letters from home.
â€śWe are parents of two soldiers and Iâ€™ve seen firsthand what itâ€™s like when they get that contact from home,â€ť Thompson said. â€śThe Letters from Home program is truly a gift. You have all made their lives all the better.â€ť
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) shared his gratitude.
â€śThe camaraderie of the tables and supplies is wonderful,â€ť Gabler said. â€śIt makes my heart full of pride and I want to recognize a job well done.â€ť
Gabler presented a letter of appreciation and certificate to the Letters from Home program.
â€śThe program was a distinguished service and had a tremendous impact; thank you all,â€ť Gabler said. â€śAnd thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.â€ť
Christine Jovenitti, Founder/Director of Letters from Home presented flags to Johnsonburg Borough Mayor David Zilkofski and the City of St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer to recognize where the program began and retired.
â€śWe are presenting a flag to the town of Johnsonburg to place in the time capsule,â€ť Jovenitti said to Zilkofski. â€śIn 100 years they can see how Johnsonburg has made a difference and represent the 73,899 men and women who proudly served our country.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 24, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.