Todd Lane Elementary's Gift to the Beaver County Times Give-A-Christmas Campaign
Mr. KLINK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in order to recognize the students and faculty of Todd Lane Elementary School in Center Township, Pennsylvania.
For the past quarter century, the Beaver County Times, in conjunction with the Salvation Army holds a donation drive known as the Give-A- Christmas Campaign. Its goal is to provide food and other necessities during the holiday season to those who are less fortunate. This year, like the past 20 years, the students and faculty of Todd Lane Elementary have participated in the Give-A-Christmas campaign. In an unprecedented showing of support Todd Lane was able to raise over $10,650 in less than 1 month.
Through various donations as well as a highly successful candy sale, the students and faculty were able to give their largest donation ever to the Salvation Army. In the words of Principal John Zigerelli, "This year's recordbreaking total collection is a testimony to that accomplishment." Furthermore, the effort put forth by Todd Lane shows a true commitment to their community, the 4th Congressional District, and our Nation.
With the help of the students and faculty of Todd Lane Elementary this year's goal of $67,500 was met and exceeded by thousands. Since the advent of the Give-A-Christmas Campaign, more than $1 million has been contributed. Todd Lane Elementary has contributed over $115,000 or 11 percent of that generous amount.
I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the students and faculty of Todd Lane Elementary as well the residents of Center Township who have donated year after year. Without you, Give-a- Christmas would not be possible. Your contributions have not gone unnoticed. Also a special thanks to Todd Lane's program coordinators: Larry Deep, Paul DeFilippi, Peggy Coladonato, Cindy Halsac, Kathy Fouse, and Principal Zigerelli. They should all be commended for their outstanding efforts.
On behalf of the thousands of families who have been fed, clothed and provided with Christmas gifts, I stand before my fellow members of Congress and thank you for a job well done. You have demonstrated the true meaning of the holiday season.