Letter to the Editor: Bedford Santa Thanks its Many Volunteers

January 2, 2020

Submitted by Bedford Santa

The 2019 Bedford Community Santa Claus Project concluded its 74th yearly run, delivering 1422 gifts to 420 households in Bedford on Christmas Eve.

It takes many volunteers to make a successful event, and we had many dedicated and talented volunteers that supported the 31 teams that covered the town this year.  We thank them all for their efforts.

Volunteers for this year include:

Gift Drop Day – Set-up crew
Gift Drop Day – Ready, and waiting
Waiting for the Big Day

Karen Ahearn, Claire Anderson, Sandy Baker, Elizabeth Barry, Greg Barry, Victoria Barry, Frank Baudanza, Kathleen Benjamin, Christine Bennett, Robert Bowes, Paul Bradfield, Sabrina Bradfield, Carla Bradford, Wayne Braverman, Kay Brown, Ken Brown, Laurence Brown, Leya Brown, Sharlene Brown, James Bryan, Russ Bryan, Mark Buccolo, Kristen Bullock, Laura Bullock, Sara Buttrick, Jody Carson, Ronnie Chester, Allan Coady, Heidi Collins, Justin Collins, Ian Copland, Andrea Couvee, Sandy Couvee, Amy Dalrymple, David Dalrymple, Jennifer Dalrymple, Haydn Davies, Larry Davis, Hillary DeMello, Tom Devine, Christine Donovan, Mike Donovan, Nick Donovan, Ryan Doucette, Bobbie Ennis, Rita Fardy, Caroline Fedele, Richie Fedele, Shay Fedele, Steve Ferris, Jane Franklin, Lisa Freed, Claude French Jr, Claude French III, Christine French, Jeff French, Coreen Garrett, Ken Gordon, Lorraine Griecci, Marge Heckman, Dave Hennessey, Francine Hennessey, Tim Hennessey, Andrew Horne, Eileen Horne, Ryan Isnor, David Johnson, JoLynne Johnson, Mandy Johnson, Roy Kring, Shirley Kring, Matthew LaFerriere, Eric Larsen, Anthony Lespasio, Griffin Li, Chris Lipson, Amy Lloyd, Karen MacQuilken, Max MacQuilken, Kristin Marcus, Sean Mason, Cathy McCune, Lucy McGovern, Cynthia McGowan, Linda McGrath, Jim McMahan, Cheryl Milroy, Bill Moonan, Ruth Munden, Teri Morrow, Beth Norcito, Adam O’Brien, Brendan O’Brien, Emmet O’Brien, LoriAnn O’Brien, Ron O’Brien, Emily O’Hara, Marge Parker, Jim Paton, Will Paton, Scott Pellitier, Ann Pendletun, Bill Penwarden, Matt Piccirillo, Kurt Plumley, Linda Plumley, Sam Plumley, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, Devon Porter, Julie Porter, Mike Porter, Barbara Purchia, Elyse Purchia, Paul Purchia, Anita Raj, Myrna Reiss, Becky Ricci, Joleen Ricci, Peter Ricci, Quinn Ricci, Amanda Rowan, Nate Ryan, Kathy Schnitger, Jennie Segal, Paolo Sepe, Susan Sepe, Christine Smith, Richard Spaulding, Tom Spaulding, Kathy Stanick, Donna Sokolski, Virginia Steel, Leland Stevens, Theresa Stevens, Clare Sullivan, Danny Sullivan, Jim Sullivan, Kelly Sullivan, Martha Sullivan, Matt Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan, Paul Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Alex Taggard, Parker Taggard, John Thorsen, Michael Thorsen, Nancy Thorsen, Claire Toupin, Kim Walters, Nathan Walters, Roy Walters, Ethel Waite, Meredith Wasko, Judy Watkins, Andy Webber, Bob White, Linda White, JR White,  John Wiedey, Maddy Woolnough, Evan Ziavras, Val Ziavras

We apologize for any volunteers that were inadvertently missed, or where a name is misspelled.

Special thanks to Sheena Santos for her behind the scenes work, and Boy Scout Troop 194 for their help with moving items in and out of storage.  Frank Baudanza, for his extra help on Gift Sort Day helping sort for teams that were unable to make it.  Our appreciation goes out to the Comley/Washer family for storing all the materials needed for the program and being very accommodating to our needs.

Thank you to Brad & John Geilfuss of Cambridge Reprographics, for printing our registration card; Jan van Steenwijk, for editing our registration card; Jennifer Stewart, for web site design and maintenance; and Jim Paton, for database entry and maintenance.

For the vital infrastructure, we thank Salon Terrasi, for wigs and beards cleaning and maintenance; and Bedford Lapels Cleaners, for cleaning and storing the Santa suits.

We also wish to thank the Bedford Police Department and officers Stephen Waite and Brian Ricci as well as the School Department, their Facilities Department, and the Town for the use of the Middle School, especially its excellent custodial staff Josh French & Brian Sheehan.

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