To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to both apologize to and also thank those who attended Sunday’s Breakfast With Santa event held at the Voorheesville Fire Department.
First, I want to apologize for the long wait our patrons encountered while waiting to be seated and served their meal.
Second, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding that, not only was this a true community event where you were out meeting your neighbors and celebrating the holiday season, but this year there was added meaning to the words “neighbor” and “caring.”
This week, the members of the Voorheesville Fire Department found out a little 16-month-old “neighbor” of ours had cancer, and the membership of the department decided we would donate our proceeds from the event to help Cooper Lare and his family with expenses associated with the transportation, lodging, and food they would need to bring Cooper to either New York or Boston for his future treatments.
As a community, you have always supported our events and been behind us when we needed it. This event was no different.
Not only do I want to thank everyone individually, but also the following organizations that showed up in force: The Guilderland Center, Slingerlands, Guilderland, McKownville, Altamont, North Bethlehem, and Berne fire departments; the Guilderland Police Department members; Red Knights Motorcycle Club, chapters 3 and 10; American Legion Riders Altamont-Voorheesville; and the Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493.
Also, thanks to Mrs. Claus who donated a quilt for a drawing and the proceeds went to the family. If I missed anyone, I am sorry.
Again, please accept our apologies for the wait but I also hope you felt, as we did here at the Voorheesville Fire Department, the true spirit of the season as you continue to help out you neighbor. Happy holidays to all of you and thank you.
Editor’s note: See related story.