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Helping hands help make holidays bright

December 24, 2011
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties:

"Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties would like to send a bouquet of thanks to Gladstone Super Valu, Elmer's County Market and Super One Foods for partnering with us to serve mocktails in their stores on Dec. 1, 2 and 3 to promote our message: 'Provide an Alternative to Alcohol at Holiday Celebrations.' Thanks also to the Daily Press for their support in this annual effort. Our appreciation goes out to those who helped staff the booth."

From Becki Hess of Gladstone:

"I would like to send a bouquet and a huge thank you out to my many friends and family who helped me Dec. 9 fill nine large boxes of goodies and necessities to send to my son's platoon in Afghanistan. After talking to my son last week, and finding out that many of his soldiers don't get packages or even cards or letters from home during their deployment, I came up with the idea of 'adopting the soldiers'. There will be nine happy soldiers this Christmas due to the kindness and generosity of everyone who helped. That's what Christmas and the holidays are all about. God bless all of our men and women fighting for our freedom."

From Margaret Eagle, Rapid River:

"On behalf of Meta Welcher, Warmth for Warriors, I would like to thank all of those who have been busy knitting/crocheting hats for our troops. Over 24,000 hats have been shipped overseas this year. Meta intends to keep the program going as long as we have troops fighting overseas. Thank you o very much for the donations."

From Jodi Carlson of Escanaba:

"I don't know the name of this DATA bus driver. What I do know is when I got dropped off Friday night at my house, I left my purse on the bus. I realized it at 9 p.m. Friday night. I called the DATA bus office and left a message hoping Monday morning I would get a call my purse was found. Saturday night this driver returned my purse to me at my apartment. Thank you for returning my purse. It had $165 in it. Thank you so much for your kindness."

From Dwaine Menard, food pantry supervisor at St. Vincent de Paul:

"The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank everyone who donated food to our pantry at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Thank you to those who volunteered their time to help at Elmer's with the Can-a-thon. Thank you also to anyone who donated toys and gifts for the angel trees for our Christmas baskets and to those who helped assemble, distribute and carry out the baskets. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and continued support."


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they've done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site,, and clicking on the Virtual Newsroom button. Once there, click on "Bouquets" and follow the simple instructions.



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