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Community spirit is alive

To the Editor:

It is Sunday morning, the day after the Keizer Chamber Foundation Giving Basket Program’s gifts were delivered, and the morning after the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Parade. Both were successful.

Thank you to the Keizer Chamber Foundation, the members of both the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) and Men of Action in Keizer (MAK),  two groups of the Keizer Chamber.

Success? How is it measured?  By the smiles on faces and tears in the eyes of parents who aren’t able to afford gifts for their children. Success is seeing families running down the street together and children dancing in the dark in anticipation of seeing Santa.  The Keizer Chamber Foundation served 377 children with the help of community and businesses.  When they said they couldn’t the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, with the support of local businesses and community did it anyway.

Your Keizer business and community volunteers working together are what make our community a wonderful place in which to live. Thank you to all who supported these events by purchasing gifts, donating time with wrapping and delivery. Thank you all who volunteered to make our parade happen.  Success isn’t measured with material things, it’s measured with memories. Success is seeing joy!

Audrey Butler