By Leslie Collins
December 3, 2013
Thank you to the community and the surrounding areas, on behalf of myself and my beloved “Mrs. Claus,” my wife Helen, for the years that you let us into your hearts and helped make our vision of Santa Villa become a reality.
For 22 years (21 with Helen by my side) our Christmas belonged to our family and for two weekends out of the month, all of yours. For everyone who supported our dream of Santa Villa, for the many years of help and contributions we received, there are far too many to list, you know who you are, I say, with much gratitude, thank you. After losing Helen in 2012, with the help of many others I continued on Santa Villa for one more year. It just wasn’t the same without her by my side and this year it just seemed appropriate to say thank you and step away with the memories remaining. For the many donations that were given over the years as well as the donations that were given with Helen’s passing, I am proud to say that I closed out the Santa Villa Fund and donated $732.84 to the Make-A-Wish foundation in Helen’s memory.
Our legacy of Santa Villa will live on in the years to come hopefully helping another child’s wish come true. There is no greater blessing than that. For everyone who was a part of this dream that Helen and I began, I say thank you. May the blessing and spirit of the season continue on in the years to come within your hearts and from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!
Thank you and God bless you,