This year 221 children from Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter counties received gifts and clothing as part of the 2011 Pat Work Memorial Christmas Project.
Now in its third year, the project is an endeavor of Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) and named in memory of Patricia "Pat" Work, a therapist with the organization for several years prior to her death in 2003.
"Pat worked with children and always made an extra effort at Christmas to make sure they had gifts, etc.," said Heidi Thomas, chief fiscal officer/chief operations officer for Dickinson.
Dickinson staff refer children to the project. Dickinson employees, board members and local community agencies team together in purchasing gifts for the children, which are dropped off at Dickinson work sites. DCI staff members who made the referrals then deliver the gifts to the families.
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.