Union County Family Connection is a state funded agency that works within the school system to help meet the basic needs of students by connecting them to available resources. It is our belief that it is important for needs such as clothing, glasses and school supplies to be taken care of on a daily basis so that students can be successful in school and one day grow up to become active and contributing members of our community. We also believe that every child in need should be able to experience the giving spirit in our community. This spirit is especially evident at Christmas time. This year, we were able to help make Christmas brighter for 531 local children. These children were matched with various churches, businesses, organizations and individual families who wanted to be of help. Types of help included individual families who sponsored children by purchasing clothes and items on their gift wish list, food buckets, food vouchers for hot meals and stocking stuffers. Several organizations also coordinated shopping events at Wal-Mart and one organization held a party with food and gifts for 200 children and their families. I can’t say enough that we are truly blessed to live in a community that takes care of our children. For the work that they do throughout the year to make sure no child goes without during the Christmas season, we would like to thank the following: Glenda Gooch Foundation, Shop With a Cop/Blairsville Police Department, Trackrock Baptist Church, Liberty Baptist Church, Blairsville Cruisers, Goldwing Motorcycle Club, Robin Byers/Jordan Rogers family, Union County Fire Department Stations 1 and 4, Blairsville Vineyard Church, Bill and Alexis Noe family, Calvary Baptist Church, Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Dana Ensley family, Home Depot, Union County High School Shop With a Panther, Union County Board of Education, Donna Towery family, Young Harris College Shop With a Mountain Lion, Georgia Mountain Experiment Station, Regan and Mallory Gwynn family, Catalyst Church, Harry Norman Realtors, Alysa Anderson family, Union General Hospital Operating Room, staff of Union County Schools, Ginna Yost family, Country Financial, Brock Gordon and Gretchen Burrell, Sandy Bell family, Anthony and Stacy Olson family, Amy Henson family, United Community Bank debit and ATM division, Blairsville Realty, Jeanette Garrett family, Gay Cross family, Fellowship of the Hills Church, House of Prayer Church, Union County High School Fine Arts Department, Joe and Kim Tatman family, Michelle McKechnie, Andrea Schuette family and several other churches and families who wished to remain anonymous. The families you helped appreciate you, Union County Family Connection appreciates you and we look forward to working with you in 2017. We would also like to thank Becky Tracy, Amy Rogers, Amy Henson, Margie Porter, Kelly Sykes and Donna Towery for the time they spent working and volunteering during this busy time.