EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 6, 2012

Thanks to the many who give of themselves to help our city

To the editor:

As we finish the last of the turkey and leftover desserts from Thanksgiving, and we make plans for the upcoming holidays, I wanted to write a letter of thanks. You read and see plenty in the news about the City of Lawrence. You hear about the problems faced by our residents, our students and our community in general.

Through all of the problems that our city is working to fix there, are people, families, organizations, churches and businesses that give of their time, their resources, their efforts and, most importantly, of their money to make Lawrence better.

I was fortunate to be a part of the annual Sharing Our Bounty dinner in support of Lazarus House Ministries and was overwhelmed by the people giving, and giving big, to support its great work. The work of giving food, shelter and love to people and doing this work with dignity. Since then, I have attended two other fundraisers that brought people together to give in support of great works for our city: the Beyond Scholarship fundraiser by Urales Vargas (DJ Buddha), a local Latino success story coming home to help others like him through his music and with his money, and the annual Glow Gala in support of Groundwork Lawrence, the local organization that does many things, like the annual cleanup of the Spicket River and the Lawrence Farmers Market. The city was made better by all those that gave at these events.

So thank you very much to those in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Methuen and Southern New Hampshire and wherever else you come from, and year after year give to the great organizations like Lazarus House Ministries, Beyond Scholarship, Essex Arts Center, Groundwork Lawrence, Delamano, Inc, Greater Lawrence YWCA, The Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Movimiento Puerto Riqueno The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund, the Youth Development Organization, Lawrence YMCA, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Casa Dominicana, Family Services, the Greater Lawrence Boating Program, Esperanza Academy, Semana Hispana, Arlington Community Trabajando, the Family Development Charter School, Cor Unum Meal Center, and many, many more.

As an elected official, and a homeowner in this city I did not want it to go without being said that we appreciate all that you give. It is especially appreciated during this time when everyone’s budget is a little smaller, everyone’s table is little lighter and needs are greater. Thank you.

Dan Rivera


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