This month, we've been asking for your donations to help support families of actively deployed service men and women in our area, and you came through.  We also have been accepting nominations of area military families who could use the extra help this holiday.

We are honored to announce we've awarded a $500 gift to the Miller family, as they have 2 sons, Dakota and Sean, who are both actively deployed, and will be away this holiday season.  The oldest, Sean, is in Landstuhl, Germany for a 13-month deployment, and Dakota is deployed to Afghanistan for 9 months.  They both left earlier this fall within just one month of each other, making this a trying time for the family.  They have been busy sending numerous care packages, as they continue to find out about the need for certain necessities: from blankets and pillows, to snacks and even soap.  The family would like to be able to also send the gift of entertainment to them, by way of a portable DVD player and some movies.  The family is very proud of their boys, as we are too.

Thank you to all who donated and shared stories of their families.  We are so thankful for all of you, and wish you the merriest and brightest holiday season.

The Miller Family - front row: Ashley (Dakota's fiance), Jet (mother), Marian Koudsi (Grandma) back row: Chris Carson, Jim Miller (father).  Photo by: Danielle Rodgers