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Letter: Respite care helps families in region

To the Editor:

As a respite volunteer with FamilyMeans, I see firsthand how small acts of kindness can make a big difference for families in our community.

One example is the story of a family who has a child with autism. Last Christmas, decorating the tree was a disaster and the child broke many ornaments. This year, I was able to keep the child busy and even help him decorate a tree in his room while the parents decorated the living room tree.

As I left, the mother expressed her gratitude that I was there to help make the tree decoration an enjoyable event.

Through FamilyMeans, more than 17,000 hours of support are given to 2,100 area families caring for children and adults with disabilities or serious illnesses.

Thanks to those who bought poinsettias during the recent fund-raiser for the Caregiver Support Program. More than 250 poinsettias were sold, raising more than $2,000.

I would especially like to thank Tami Holsten of Bear Trap Designs for helping with the sale and for hosting the fourth annual Poinsettia Sale Holiday Open House in her beautiful log home.

If you are a caregiver in need of some support, or someone who is looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities, contact FamilyMeans at 651-439-4840 or visit

Thanks again for your support and for everything you do to make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors.

Marge Knowlton


Caregiver Support Volunteer

Poinsettia Sale Co-Chair