To the Editor:

The Williamson County Shriners had its 17th annual Holiday Party last week for sheltered and fostered children and their families and guardians. There was a bunch of kids, all dressed up and enjoying turkey, ham, and of course, hot dogs (a holiday favorite). After cake, Santa also showed up and everybody received gifts.

Shriners have fundraisers all year to support their hospitals (our closest ones are in St. Louis and Cincinnati). Children who are in need from our area are transported to these facilities by the Shriner's and treated at no cost.

The annual Holiday party is the culmination of another years hard work helping burned, sick and injured children from southern Illinois. I had the opportunity to volunteer for a little while yesterday and the bright smiles and happy children I observed were a testament to tireless work the men and women of the Williamson County Shriner's Club do.

Thanks for the wonderful time.

Bill O'Shea

West Frankfort

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