Thanks offered for help with Christmas projects

January 30, 2018

A very special thank you to all who helped the families from the Norman Gould Educational Center during this past Christmas 2017.

Madera County is blessed with many caring and generous individuals. As in the past, we had an outstanding response in making this Christmas a little brighter for families from the Norman Gould Educational Center.

We helped 37 families from the school and provided them with gifts of clothing, household items, toys, blankets and food. Thirty-eight food gift cards amounting to $1,900 were given to these families. The families all had at least one child with special needs attending the School. The families convey their heartfelt thanks to all who gave so generously.

In addition to helping these families, the Madera County Employees’ Giving Tree was able to give $3,500 to the Madera Christmas Baskets. This money and the money used to purchase the food gift cards was raised by bake sales and raffles during the year.

We thank our volunteers Jackie Emo, Richard and Louise Lucckesi, Marsha Williams, and Rick and Debi Brown for their time and help. thank you to Mike and Mandy at Grocery Outlet for donating food gift cards.

Special thanks to the following for sponsoring one or more families:

Madera County departments

• Administration

• Ag. Commissioner

• Assessor

• Community and Economic Development

• Corrections

• County Clerk-Recorder

• Human Resources

• Information Technology

• Public Works

• Social Services – Administration, Adult Services, WtW

Churches and organizations

• Madera United Methodist Church


• Police Volunteers


4-H Clubs

• Chowchilla

• Dixieland

• Howard

• Sierra Shadows

• Sierra Shadows – 4-H Sewing Group

• Laurie Fringer, 4-H representative

— Rita Wilson,


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