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Letter to the Editor
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 8:53 p.m.
 

It is hard to imagine a single person in this region who has not felt the crunch of this financial crisis. Whether it is a donor whose investments have crashed or a father who lost his job and cannot afford to feed his family, both have an impact on the Salvation Army. Fewer have the ability to give and many more are now in need.

Despite the financial challenges, the Tribune-Review has been a faithful Salvation Army corporate sponsor for nearly 30 years. Every Christmas, thanks to the Trib's dedicated support of Operation Santa Claus, thousands of area needy families have experienced the joy of a holiday meal and the knowledge that someone cares.

We are grateful for your gifts, no matter how large or how small. We are thankful to the Trib and Shop 'n Save, which continually go above and beyond to serve this community. And most importantly, to the many people who gave money, volunteered their time or offered their prayers, on behalf of our needy families that have been served, please accept my most sincere gratitude.

May God bless and protect you in this new year!

Maj. William H. Bode

The writer is divisional commander of the Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division.

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