Dear Editor:

Thanks to the generosity of our caring community, The Mount Carroll Ministerial Association's Mile of Coins Drive was a wonderful success with contributions of $1932.06 that stretched a total of 2.29 miles.

Thanks to the following businesses for providing space for our collection bottles: Shaw's Express, Henry's Double K, Molly's, Healthy Touch, TBK Bank, Shaw's Marketplace, Savanna-Thomson State Bank, Mount Carroll Cafe, Schneider House Furniture, Kunes Country Auto, Charlie's II, Mount Carroll Banking Center, Flower-Fan-A-See, Dairy Queen, Mount Carroll Pharmacy, Mount Carroll Home Center, Mount Carroll Mobil, Pearson Plumbing & Heating.

Thank you for M.C. Mile of Coins and donations: SS John & Catherine Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, First Lutheran Church, Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, Living Water Fellowship, First Baptist Church, Church of God, Church on a Hill, Joe and Esther Tappainer, Team Products (Dave Johnson), Mount Carroll Lions Club, Mount Carroll Fire Dept., Knights of Columbus Council 9628, West Carroll Middle School (Sheri Blake's Excel Class), Janice Smith and the Mirror-Democrat. Our special thanks to the crew at TBK Bank for running all the donations through their counting machine.

The Christmas Food Drive continues to increase its impact in the community. Individuals and local organizations contributed a mountain of food to fill food baskets for area families and seniors. This year's organizations included: Mount Carroll Lions Club, Mount Carroll Fire Department, Team Products, (Dave Johnson), West Carroll Middle School, Thrivent Financial and all our area churches and their members. Without their generosity this program could not exist.

Our Giving Tree Program was appreciated by many of our Mount Carroll youth with toys, clothing and the joy of receiving these gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Our special thanks to Janice Smith and the Mirror-Democrat for the gift tags. We wish to thank the Mirror-Democrat who assists us all year long with our needs.

Finally, we wish to express our gratitude to the Mount Carroll community. God has filled us with the Holy Spirit that shows through your love and generosity. Blessings to you all.

The Mount Carroll

Ministerial Association