2006-10-07 / Letters

Town Crier Newspapers, Fudge, Community Support Are Much Appreciated

To the Editor:

I wanted to express my thanks and appreciation to the community of Mackinac Island. During my 2005 deployment to Iraq, the people of Mackinac Island were extremely supportive of me while away from friends and family.

I was sent many care packages, well wishes, e-mails, and even artwork and the latest "gossip" from the students of Mackinac Island Public School.

While there, I shared JoAnn's Fudge with my fellow soldiers, and wallpapered my small room with paintings from Mrs. Cynthia Ivey Abitz's art

class. I also was able to keep up on Mackinac Island news by receiving the Mackinac Island Town Crier. And almost daily, I received newspaper articles and cards from Chuk and Marcia Kleber.

I would like to thank the Trinity Church and Mackinac Island Bible Church members for their packages, letters, and postcards. And special thanks to Ste. Anne's for their recognition of my deployment at their Christmas Eve Service 2004, and for leaving a candle burning in their sanctuary until I returned home. Also, a really big thanks to

the Mackinac Island Fire Department and American Legion Post #299 for their support and for them allowing me to participate in the Fourth of July (2005) fire truck ride to the school.

I could never find the right words to express my gratitude to this great community for all their prayers and love, but hopefully this explains a little of what you all mean to me and for what you did for me. To those who I did not mention, who kept in touch through emails, letters, and packages, I would like to say thank you a thousand times. You know who you are.

To those of you that subscribe to this newspaper from afar, experience this town not only for the beauty that surrounds it, but also for the beauty that lies within it.

Thank you Mackinac Island, you are the greatest community and I am proud to call you my hometown.

Currently I'm back to work for the Michigan Department of Corrections and completely enjoying "normal" life again in Greenville.

SPC Sunshine Woodard


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