Parachute LIFT-UP gets a makeover |

Parachute LIFT-UP gets a makeover

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonB.J. Barker, of the Kiwanis Club, paints the trim on a window at the Parachute location of LIFT-UP Thursday morning. The Kiwanis Club repainted the building with tools donated from Wal-Mart and paint donated from True Value. "These guys [Kiwanis Club] are fabulous," Dore Preble, LIFT-UP representative, said. "Without Kiwanis, this end of LIFT-UP would be out in the cold."

PARACHUTE ” The LIFT-UP thrift store in Parachute got a facelift Thursday.

Members of the Grand Valley Kiwanis Club picked up their paintbrushes and slathered the sides of the dilapidated building with a fresh coat of paint.

“It’s amazing ” a new coat of paint makes such a difference,” said Dore Preble, as she admired the Kiwanians’ work. Preble was the LIFT-UP volunteer who went to the Kiwanis Club for help.

LIFT-UP provides a number of community services throughout Garfield County. The Parachute thrift store is an important source of funding for the organization, and the money the store raises stays in Parachute. The building is small and old. But the regional organization is strapped for cash and had prioritized a new building in Rifle after the one it used to occupy there was condemned, said Cindy Farris, the operating supervisor at the Parachute store.

“We’re so grateful,” Preble said. “Without Kiwanis, this building would really be in disrepair. We need a new building. But for now we’ll get by on duct tape, prayers and a good coat of paint.”

Preble spearheaded a painting project about five years ago and said the building was in desperate need of another coat. Jerry Wesslen invited her to the Kiwanis Club meeting, where she pleaded her case.

True Value in Parachute donated the paint for the project, and Wal-Mart in Rifle donated the tools and other supplies. About 10 volunteers from the Kiwanis club showed up Thursday morning to donate their manual labor.

“It’s a great day to paint. It’s not too hot, perfect,” Dave Devanney said as he rolled paint onto the walls. “You get enough people going on a project like this and it doesn’t take much.”

The group of volunteers made short work of the painting project.

Wesslen said he wished the club could have done more.

“It’s a terrible old building with tons of problems. The gutters leak. It needs caulking. It needs a lot more than it’s getting,” Wesslen said. “But at least we can make it look good while it falls apart.”

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