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Kindness softened sting of fire

Dear Editor,

Words cannot express the thank-yous that we have to give. We cannot thank everyone in the valley enough for the all the donations of clothing and gifts and money donations right after the fire. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring from friends and family and some people we didn’t even know. We still have a long way to go to be even close to where we were before, but everyone who has helped us makes it much easier. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Now for a few special thank-yous. Kirk and Rick Cheney (Bryan’s bosses), we thank you for being there immediately after the fire and helping us out financially to get through the beginning – it means a lot to us.

To Pam Johnson for opening up her home to my family during the fire and for being a great friend and godmother to my children.

Tiffany and Sean Bacon for being with us every night for the first month helping us dig through our home or what was left, buying my kids the things they needed right after the fire – your friendship means the world to us. Thank you.

Amy Wholberg for listening to me cry and moan and for making me laugh. I couldn’t have made it without you; you’re one of the best friends I have ever had.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Pastor Ahlemeyer for the lasagna dinner fund-raiser they just had for us. We really can’t thank you enough for that. It was wonderful. Thank you.

To Alpine Bank and the city for the donations and to all of you who donated to the fund, thank you.

I’m grateful for my family, my grandma G.G – you are the best; you mean the world to me.

My aunt Dee Dee Sorensen and Ricky for making me laugh when I really thought I couldn’t. Only those two could do that.

To my brother Travis Wareham and his wife Kristen for all of their support and for filling a big void in our life after the loss of our dog in the fire by giving our daughter a new puppy for her birthday. That meant a lot to us; thank you and we love you.

Our biggest thank-you is to Wally and Carol Wareham (Shannon’s parents) for opening up their home and letting us live here till we find somewhere to go, for just listening to us and not having a million questions but just being there for us and giving us all of their support. Things are crazy when you all live together again especially under these circumstances, but literally we wouldn’t be able to do it without them. They are the best parents anyone could have asked for, and we give them the biggest thank-you of all. We love you both with all of our hearts.

All in all we would love to thank everyone individually, but it is really hard to do; you who gave to us know who you are and this thank-you is for all of you. It is people like all of you that make this very difficult time a lot easier to deal with. From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Bryan, Shannon, Cody, Natasha Derby

Glenwood Springs


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