By Dr. Jim Messimer and Tammy Henkel
Santa Pal Inc. is embarking on its 82nd year of service in Bristol Tenn./Va. and select areas of Sullivan County. The mission of our organization is to enrich and make a difference in the lives of less fortunate local children by offering a variety of family-oriented programs and community support that builds a positive self image and a sense of belonging. Santa Pal, Inc. accomplishes this mission by providing a service to families when times are difficult financially, and by providing a service to children through the gift of joy in their heart on Christmas morning. We place special emphasis on preparing children for their future and encouraging family involvement throughout the year with regular correspondence. Santa Pal, Inc. is determined to overcome financial challenges faced this year and to uphold the historical success of this program. Santa Pal is very grateful to those who have adopted children and to those who have made contributions. We encourage adopters and contributors to step forward and partner with us to continue caring for the children of our community.