I have been employed at the Whitley County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services since 2015. Not having much experience with the Whitley County community prior to joining the Whitley County DCS team, I have been extremely amazed and grateful at the level of generosity this community has shown toward the children in which we serve. Every year, my co-worker, Cheryl Ritschard, tirelessly coordinates with local businesses and families to ensure that the children who we serve have ample presents to open Christmas morning. Due to their generosity, 244 children have had a brighter Christmas since 2015. What makes it even more special is that neither the local businesses, families nor the children know who purchased or received these gifts. On behalf of the Whitley County DCS team and the children who have received these wonderful presents, we want to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the following local businesses and families:
The Whitley County Rotary Club, USSI (Undersea Sensor Systems Inc.), the Bowen Center, Kathy Studebaker’s family, Cara Graves’ family, Robert Scott Jones, Ruoff Home Mortgage, Whitley County Work Release, ChromaSource Inc., Columbia City Church of the Brethren, South Whitley Theta Kappa Chapter of Delta Theta Tau, Advanced Assembly, Merriam Christian Chapel, KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools Inc., Parkview Whitley EMS, Reelcraft Industries Inc., Miller’s Merry Manor, Jerilynn Johnson’s family, Rechel Lickey’s family, Whitley County government offices, Hope Lutheran Church of Coesse and Parkview Whitley Emergency Department.
— Jeffrey M. Bedree
Whitley County DCS director