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Letter: Thank You Senator Martins

At the Veteran’s Day Celebration on Nov. 11, while speaking with Senator Jack Martins, the conversation turned to the unavoidable and undeniable topic of the stalled economy and lack of jobs. I shared my personal observations with Senator Martins telling him that in my 27-year career in the Elmont School District, I have never seen or heard of such sad situations. As the community liaison, I really observe firsthand the depth of financial need in the area.

Immediately and in a very confidential voice, he whispered, “How can I help?” On Monday, Nov. 21, over 200 five to six-pound frozen stuffer chickens were delivered to my office at his request. Later the same day he gave me $200 as he had heard of the great job the Elmont Dad’s Club does and wanted to contribute to their Thanksgiving drive. Over 80 boxes of food were delivered to local families.

Senator Martins, we are all united with one common goal to help our children and our community in these difficult times. We are grateful for your leadership and compassion and thank you for being such a vital part in making this 2011 Thanksgiving Day a memorable one for so many of our deserving families. It is a worthwhile goal for everyone in the community to make each day of the year feel like Thanksgiving by acting more kindly and generously to those less fortunate.

Norma DeBartolo
Special Assistant for Community Affairs
Elmont School District