Santa Visits and Delivers “Surprise Grants”

The Foundation had a surprise visitor the week before Christmas.  Santa stopped by to hand out a few packages to some children and a half dozen representatives of local entities that do good work for our community.   Receiving “Surprise Grants” of $5000 each, Santa handed out checks to Wendy Blake, the Executive Director of Mainstreet Greensburg.  Through tears, she sat on Santa’s lap and expressed her appreciation for the Community Foundation’s belief in what her organization is working towards.  Bob Barker from Parks and Recreation was very appreciative as well and stated that he hopes to leverage the $5000 for a match from another donor in the hopes of completing a larger project.  Foundation Director Tami Wenning thanked Barker for the work his department does with the grant dollars they are given.  Scott Litmer, representing the New Point Volunteer Fire Department, said the timeliness of the money will help their department work through an unexpected repair on a pumper truck and will enable them to not have to tap into money earmarked for a new truck.  Jim Cummings of the Learning Center was on hand with his wife Vonda to accept the package Santa had with his name on it.  Cummings was doubly delighted to learn that the grant money could be used for whatever needs he has at the Learning Center.  Two gifts were left behind as their agencies were not able to send representatives since Santa’s visit was a surprise, very sudden and not able to be planned for.  The Foundation wanted to support the Bread of Life because the importance of being able to receive a warm meal is especially vital during the coldest months of the year.  The final agency, New Directions, serves a purpose that all wish wasn’t necessary and they’ve been particularly busy this year.  The Community Foundation thanks these and other agencies that use our grant money to fill the many needs there are in the community.  An added bonus of having Santa drop in was having a couple of area tots stop in because they saw his sitting by the tree in our front window.  He even had a couple of gift items ready for them and knew most of their names.  A huge thank you to our donors for trusting us to seek out the agencies that are filling the most basic needs in the community to help Decatur County continue to offer a better quality of life to all who live here.