Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

SIFI concluded our annual Christmas Cash 50/50 raffle with a stupendous bang on December 6th. Our members raised $673 to further our projects through the year by selling raffle tickets to friends and family. But even better, the winner of the $673 prize was Samantha Simmons of Gulfport, Mississippi. Ms. Simmons is a single mom who up until the arrival of Hurricane Katrina was undergoing weekly chemo for uterine cancer. She and her three children, Ashley (14) Megan (10) and Jake (2) lost most of their home to the hurricane. The Simmons family has moved to a less damaged home farther from the water, and she has resumed her cancer treatment. There wasn't a dry eye in the house when the ticket bearing only the name "Sam" was drawn from the basket. Ms. Simmons mother, our own Cynthia Hill, will forward her Christmas check to the family.

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