Giving is in the holiday spirit

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Vashti Village tenants association was given a Wii gaming system for Christmas this year. Presenting the gift from the Aledo Police department from left are Shay Litwiler, Nick Seefeld and J. Michael Sponsler (far right). Tenant Association officers in center from left are Betty Leslie, secretary-treasurer; Shirley Bivens, president and Bettie Monts, vice president.

Santa showed up early, wearing police uniforms, for tenants at Mercer County Housing Authority's Vashti Village Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. You could tell there was a party going on because of all the Christmas red and green.

Vashti staff fixed up a Christmas breakfast for all the tenants, complete with pancakes and syrup, egg casseroles, toast, coffee and juice, which is an annual tradition there.

As an introduction, Adminstrator Terry Liggitt told everyone gathered in the community room that Lolly (Berg), Derwood (Ruggles) and Carl (Fetters) had been busy "crackin' the eggs, and burnin' the toast" for the affair.

"This is our Christmas present to the tenants, from the staff," said Berg.

Liggitt also thanked the Aledo Police Department, who joined the tenants for breakfast, for all their support helping residents living there with lost keys and locked doors. "We really appreciate everything they do," he said.

Aledo Patrolman Shay Litwiler, Sgt. Nick Seefeld and Chief J. Michael Sponsler presented the tenant association officers with the gift of a Wii gaming system, for use in the community room.

Seefeld told the tenants that the gift was paid for from excess funds raised for the "Shop with a Cop" raffle held recently. Now tenants can try their skills with bowling, tennis, boxing and baseball using the program that hooks into the big screen T.V. in the community room.

Bivens also presented gifts to the staff including Liggitt, Berg, Ruggles, Fetters and Valerie Razo.