For “warming up” an audience, there is none better than sweet-spirited “leave ’em laughing” personality Shirley Marie Patterson, daughter of Seaside resident Laura Meek.

For a loyal, “get ’er done” partner, who shares my commitment to the homeless community, and proves it year after year, there is none better than Laura Meek, herself.

So it is with sincere gratitude that Laura joins me in thanking all others who gave of their product, time and hearts to support our annual Christmas gift giving to Seaside’s homeless shelter residents. These include The Dress Barn and, among other merchandisers, store managers and department heads such as Troy Kerr and Tracy Hudson. It also includes Alli, who donated enough premium quality wrapping paper to make almost 100 Christmas presents “pop.”

Finally, and foremost, Laura and I wish to thank both Seaside’s homeless shelter founder Alan Evans and his wife, homeless shelter manager Susan Evans, for providing us the forum, together with their love, encouragement and support.

Thank you. And God bless you as you continue to change lives for the better.

Anna Ryan

Seaside

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