ST. MARYS – 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.
“Christine [Jovenitti] had the original idea in 2003,” Thompson said. “Since 2003, the program has touched the lives of over 600,000 contacts.”
Thompson spoke about the importance of letters from home.
“We are parents of two soldiers and I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like when they get that contact from home,” Thompson said. “The Letters from Home program is truly a gift. You have all made their lives all the better.”
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) shared his gratitude.
“The camaraderie of the tables and supplies is wonderful,” Gabler said. “It makes my heart full of pride and I want to recognize a job well done.”
Gabler presented a letter of appreciation and certificate to the Letters from Home program.
“The program was a distinguished service and had a tremendous impact; thank you all,” Gabler said. “And thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.”
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.
“We are presenting a flag to the town of Johnsonburg to place in the time capsule,” Jovenitti said to Zilkofski. “In 100 years they can see how Johnsonburg has made a difference and represent the 73,899 men and women who proudly served our country.”
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 24, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.