I would like to thank those who participated in the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 5. This year's race was dedicated to Carrie Cates, a long-time Epsom/Pittsfield resident.
Carrie, a single mother of five, was killed in October by a hit-and-run driver while running. She had been planning to participate in the Jingle Bell Run again this year. Carrie's children, ages 10 to 20, had just weeks before moved to Florida to be near family. The children are being cared for by their grandparents.
While participating in the Jingle Bell Run, those on a team called "For Carrie's Kids" wore special shirts made just for the race. All the proceeds from the team T-shirt raised funds set up on behalf of Carrie's kids.
"For Carrie's Kids" set a Jingle Bell Run record as they had 126 people on their team. The team raised $2,900 for the Arthritis Foundation. Not only did they help a wonderful national cause, these people raised $3,600 to give to Carrie's kids.
Area businesses donated funds to help produce this T-shirt in honor of Carrie.
Area business that sponsored the team shirts are: Shirtmasters Screenprinting and Embroidery, Slice of Heaven, LeDuc Brothers Painting, Bill Jones Diesel Services, Kidder's Repair Service, Grace Family Dentistry, Michael Green Electric, I C Reed & Son, Boddie Construction, Muriel's Hair Stylist, Osborne's Agway, KJ Fisher & Sons, Meyers Financial, Jean's Auto Alignment, Jones Dairy Farm and Get Fit NH Bootcamp. These businesses should be congratulated for giving in memory of Carrie.
If you would like to help Carrie's kids, make donations payable to James Green, c/o "Cates Family Fund." These gifts can be mailed to Capital City Bank, P.O. Box 1120, Bronson, FL 32621.
Thank you again for sharing with a family that is hurting this Christmas season.