By Don Kruse, Editor
Teachers like Dawn Grosse, Tracy Vedder and Doug Ridder witnessed the heart-warming spirit of a community and the students in Hermann in the days leading up to Christmas.
They were overjoyed with the support received for two projects that reach hundreds of people in this area–the Community Christmas program and the Hermann Food Pantry.
Mrs. Grosse, the school-based social worker in the Gasconade County R-1 School District, has been overseeing the Community Christmas program since its inception 15 years ago. Last week, she could be found in the old Pamida Store building on Market Street, sorting clothing and toys for the children of this area. The vacant Pamida building was turned into a Santa’s workshop, and there were many stories behind the gifts donated to the program.
The football coaches at Hermann High, for example, adopted a family and donated money, two bicycles and other toys.
Many businesses opted not to buy presents for each other, and instead adopted families for the Community Christmas program.
(Read the rest of the story in this week’s Advertiser-Courier)