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The Optimist Club of Calvert-Prince Frederick would like to say thank you to the young couple with two children who, last Thursday, not only purchased their Christmas tree and wreath, but also donated an additional $100 at the Optimist Christmas tree lot in the Safeway parking lot in Prince Frederick. Their generosity reflects the spirit of the season.

Each year, the Optimist Club of Calvert sells fresh Christmas trees and handmade wreaths to raise money for our club’s mission: to help the youth of Calvert County. From scholarships to oratorical and essay contests, bicycle safety, youth appreciation week, hunter safety, help with Project Graduation, Respect for the Law, Shop with a Cop, Books for Babies and childhood cancer projects, we do what we can to benefit the youth in our community. The Christmas tree lot is an everyday, all-volunteer effort from Thanksgiving to Christmas each year. If you have not already purchased your tree or wreath this year, please stop by or consider us next year. Our many volunteers will be happy to help you select, trim and secure your tree for the ride home. Your purchase makes a difference to children right here in our community.

Thank you to Jacqueline Miller, who reminded us in her Dec. 7 letter to the editor that “Giving to local charities makes a difference” [The Calvert Recorder]. It truly does.

Sue Kullen, Port Republic

The writer is a wreath maker and member of the Optimist Club of Calvert-Prince Frederick.