To the Editor:

Somerset County residents, you deserve sincere thanks for all you do throughout the year! In 2017, you donated more than 25 tons of food during Curbing Hunger Month, almost five tons of food to our monthly "BOBO Fridays" collection and over $19,000 to the annual Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family program, plus hundreds of school supplies to Project First Class, children's clothing to Project Warm Your Heart, clothing and personal-care items to the Point in Time program for homeless residents and holiday-season gifts to Toys for Tots. 

Thousands of you participated in our free document-shredding programs, household hazardous waste, recycling and tire drop-offs and medications disposal opportunities this year.

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A shout-out also to our dedicated volunteers in programs such as Meals on Wheels, senior centers, fall clean-up for elderly and disabled residents, Handyman Program, SHIP, tax-filing assistance and tutoring, 4-H Fair and 4-H Clubs, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and MRC (Medical Reserve Corps), to name a few, and to the many volunteer members of our advisory boards and commissions.

On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I wish everyone a safe and healthy new year and thank you for your generosity, caring and sense of community.

Sincerely,

Peter S. Palmer

Somerset County Freeholder Director