Expressing our profound admiration for the giving nature of Siouxlanders never gets old.
Time after time through the years, we have watched this region rise to the occasion for myriad needs, challenges and causes.
As is true each year, we are moved again this year by support of the Journal's Goodfellow Charities. Thanks to you - individuals, families and businesses - Mr. Goodfellow reached its goal in this, the charity's 99th year. This year, our charity provided Christmas toys to some 8,200 children.
We understand and appreciate the fact our program is but one of many local and regional civic and charitable projects for which the wonderful people of our tri-state area provide support at this time of the year and, indeed, throughout the year. Such contributions of money, time and labor contribute richly to our quality of life and make this the special place it is to live and work.
Mr. Goodfellow functions because of volunteers. Again this year, we share our deep gratitude to all of you who donated invaluable gifts of time, labor, expertise, goods and services. Every year, volunteers buy, box and bag, store, load, and distribute toys, and businesses provide food for them while they are working. Board members oversee the Goodfellow program and Tailwaggers solicit donations. Free veterinary care is provided for the Little Yellow Dog.
As we repeat every year, we don't have space to mention every volunteer by name, but all of you should know how important you are to this annual effort.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 78th Little Yellow Dog Auction day a success again this year, from volunteers who provided labor, to emcee Dave Nixon, to band members who entertained, to veteran Goodfellow auctioneer Bruce Brock, and to anyone who made a bid or who simply stopped to watch.
We extend a special note of thanks for the contribution to Mr. Goodfellow of Patty and Eric Lohry, of Sioux City, who purchased Snickers, a springer spaniel, for $15,000. The generosity of the Lohrys humbles us.
On behalf of the Journal and Goodfellow Charities, a heartfelt thank you - to all of you who contributed to our annual program this year.