Stephanie Woolley Director of Social Services for the Mesquite, “Salvation Army”, reports a very busy and successful 2017 Christmas and holiday season. She would like to thank those that worked so hard and helped to facilitate all of the wonderful events. Thank you Art and Ruth Hammerschmidt
for sharing your experience, consultation, and time ringing the bells for the Salvation Army Mesquite Kettle program. We exceeded our original goal and will be better organized for next year’s campaign. Thank you to Nick Montoya, who provided the gym to store all of the toys and food boxes for the Golf 4 Kids, Toys for Tots and the Angel Tree events. Nick and the Mesquite Police Dept., also worked tirelessly assisting Mike Benham with the Parade of Lights, which generated over 7,000 lbs. of food for the hungry in our community. The parade was inspiring bringing in the Christmas spirit. Rob and Brian Wursten who have sponsored the Golf for Kids for many years, because of this hundreds of children woke up Christmas morning, knowing there is a Santa Claus. Eureka who held a tournament for the Toys for Tots and the Angel Tree Programs. Thanks to Casa Blanca who hosted the Festival of Trees and the Golf 4 Kids. Smiths, Walmart, Lees, Ace, and Walgreen’s for hosting our Kettle campaign. Thanks to all the organizations, families and individuals that participated with all of the events, we couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ed Guiterrez who passed away recently. He was a pillar in our community, who spent countless hours playing his saxophone during the Kettle campaign, bringing joy to all that had the pleasure of hearing his music. You will be missed Ed!