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Volume 20 Number 22 December 4, 2009 18 Pages
Karate Students Feed 100 Homeless
Families for Thanksgiving
Comes to Hudson submitted by Tokyo Joe’s Studios
Students at Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self Defense
in Hudson learn some very valuable lessons that
have nothing to do with kicking, punching, or
breaking boards. They know that even children
can make a big difference in their communities
and in the lives of others. The karate school
participates in various community service efforts
throughout the year; the biggest being their
annual Project Turkey fundraiser. This year,
the students raised enough money to purchase
turkey dinners for 100 homeless and needy
“Our goal this year was to feed 100 families.
At fi rst, we thought we may have set our goal
a little high, considering the rough economy,
but our students and their families were so
dedicated and enthusiastic that we were able to
easily make that goal,” commented Tokyo Joe’s
owner, Matt Babine.
Fundraising efforts were spearheaded by
instructor Randy Allen and included a kick-
Santa waves to the hundreds of children present as he makes his way back
a-thon, for which students obtained sponsors
to his sleigh to transport him back to the North Pole after lighting up the
who would pay them a small amount for every
Tokyo Joe’s karate students with 100 Th anksgiving “baskets” for needy local families
park with the thousands of colorful lights
kick they could perform. The school also held a
hugely popular pie-throwing fundraiser where, who provided all the food for the Thanksgiving baskets at cost. The
for two dollars, students could purchase a whipped cream pie to students of Tokyo Joe’s are already looking forward to next year’s
by Doug Robinson throw at an instructor. Lastly, Babine donated a new iPod Touch Project Turkey and are hoping to increase the number of baskets
to be raffl ed, and the students and parents sold tickets throughout they will provide.
T’was the Month Before Christmas, when all thru the town
the community. In all, $4,000 was raised; enough to purchase 100
All the creatures were stirring, knowing Santa was around.
turkeys, plus all the fi xings.
They came by car, they came by foot
On Sunday, Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self Defense was transformed
Hoping to see, that man in the red suit.
from a karate school into a Thanksgiving dinner assembly line.
The park was alive with the thrill of the Day
Truckloads of food were carried in by students and their parents
Everyone knew that Santa was on his way.
and organized into piles. One-hundred large cardboard crates
The rain and the cold put a chill in the air
were fi lled with the makings of a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal: a
Umbrellas were open to keep the rain out of their hair.
whole turkey in a roasting pan; cranberry sauce; cranberry juice;
jars of pickles and gravy; stuffi ng; canned corn, yams, and green
Jackets and Sweatshirts were bundled up tight
beans; apples; a bag of potatoes; dinner rolls; bread; and two
To fi ght off cold winds, which had fi lled the night.
pies! The 100 Thanksgiving “baskets” were transported in several
But the warmth of the day and the thrill of the night
truckloads to the Nashua Pastoral Care Center, the Anne Marie
Would be fi lled by the jolly Santa sight.
House, and two Hudson churches to be distributed to homeless
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
and needy families.
Sirens and lights became a fl ashing matter.
The staff and students of Tokyo Joe’s would like to thank all the
First the police car and then the red truck
karate families and others in the community who supported their
The children then knew, they would be in good luck.
fundraising efforts. Special thanks go to the Londonderry Market
Basket and its Store Director and Hudson resident, Mark Lemieux,
Tokyo Joe’s instructors help raise money for Project Turkey by holding
He hopped out his sleigh to see what was the matter
a pie-throwing fundraiser
He was greeted by children, and all that they could chatter.
He walked on the park saying hello to all
Knowing that this would be the best Christmas of all.
One fl ash, two fl ash, the cameras went click
Students Collect
Hoping to capture the best picture of St. Nick.
Children shouted with words of glee,
“Santa, Santa, please come say hi to me.”
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“He was dressed in fur from his head to his foot”
But his clothes were clean and not covered in soot. Tsubaki Flowers
He did have twinkle, oh how his eyes did spark
Seeing the children all around the park.
He spoke few words to the children he met
Knowing his work and the schedule he kept
His elves and helpers helped lead the way
Knowing that Santa would make the children’s day.
He reached the park’s center for all to see
Then, looking around, he shouted, “Count to three with me”
“One, Two, Three,” they said,
Then they saw beautiful dreams in their heads.
The lights were bright among the trees
Everyone was thankful for what they could see.
Lights and trees became alive
But to them all that was not surprise.
And giving a quick nod for all to view
He fl ew to his sleigh to now be out of view
But he could be heard, lest he exclaim
Jonathan Ramsdell, Kiley Rosier, Vanessa Hedstrom, and Erica Dillon work on care
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
packages for American troops in Iraq
Christmas season in Hudson has begun anew
submitted by Liz McGivern
Santa did come for all to view.
Eighth grade students and staff from Hudson Memorial School (HMS)
He greeted and mingled with young lads to be
have worked together this fall to send over 70 pounds of care packages to
He came to Hudson and gave all glee.
American soldiers stationed in Iraq.
The project started when Liz McGivern, an HMS language arts teacher,
Merry Christmas
received word that one of her former students had been deployed overseas.
She sent out an e-mail to staff and students, asking if they could “adopt” a
platoon of combat infantry snipers, and the response was overwhelming.
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Donations of socks, toothpaste, baby wipes, candy, and Christmas
decorations poured in, and the students put together individual “care
packages” for the soldiers to enjoy. They included letters of appreciation
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and stamped, self-addressed envelopes in the hopes that the soldiers wANG11 ould
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write back to them.
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The project raised students’ awareness of how lucky they are to have
basic necessities. Eighth
grader Eli Schloner
explained that “doing
something like this
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shows that we support
the troops, but it also
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gave me a sense of who are taking control of their careers!
pride.” Jake Nazarian,
another eighth grader,
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agreed. “It felt good to
support them.”
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Thanks to HMS math
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teacher Deb Luszey,
Day & evening
MooreMart has offered
schedules available!
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Th e Paskiewicy family enjoys the spirit of the holiday season
“adoptee,” and hopes
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with the welcoming of Santa
that the packages will
arrive in time for the
those who qualify
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