Another year of graduations is over, and I want to offer our thanks to all our neighbors who truly helped us with our children.
My husband and I moved here in 1977, and we had no close relatives within 1,000 miles. Eventually, three children came along and we have so many people to thank for their support and help in raising them to be responsible adults, especially in our neighborhood.
First, thanks go to Ruth and Don Anderson, who stepped in as surrogate parents and grandparents and helped in a myriad of ways with baby-sitting, advice, including us in their family celebrations, Ruth's wonderful baked goods and sewing, and in so many other ways too numerous to mention.
George Jones played "Santa" for years for our Christmas parties and our kids never caught on! He and Don were also instrumental in nominating our son, Nathan, for a Kiwanis scholarship and have included him in lunch meetings when he is home from college. So thank you to George, Don, Hank Sauer, and the Kennewick Kiwanis Club.
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Another thank you goes to David and Carla Alme who befriended our children and made their house a fun place to go to for Halloween. David also provided summer jobs at Cork's Pharmacy and supported their activities with donations to various causes, such as Kate's cheer squad and Nathan and Sarah's Soap Box Derby car.
Cynthia Chase-Spilman helped with celebrations, Eva Kuusinen, Judy and Al Carder, Dot King and Jonathan and Deb Kelley trusted them enough to teach them responsibility and help them earn money by house-sitting, pet-sitting and weekly yard work, but especially by giving encouragement.
It may take a village to raise a child, but in this case it was our neighborhood. Thank you!
MARY WEIR, Kennewick