Readers say thanks
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I have so much gratitude toward editor Dale Shrull and the Glenwood Post Independent for the wonderful article about Mishka Cole. Without you I don’t know how I would have gotten the word out on Mishka’s condition, and the help we needed to get her home.
So many were touched by her story, and opened up their hearts. The phone calls and donations came pouring in. Mishka told me, one girl from Rifle called her and talked to her for almost an hour that night. She to, was from Jamaica so they had a lot in common. I later found out that she, after reading the article, went out and put donation jars at several locations.
That same night a lady from Aspen called Mishka, and told her she wanted to buy the airplane ticket for her. If you only could have seen the expression on Mishka’s face. We both gasped, while we tried to hold back tears of joy.
Between the yard sale, silent auction, raffle and donations, Mishka will be going home with over one thousand dollars. I would like to thank all those who helped out with donations that made this a success, along with staff at the Ramada Inn, which spent many hours pulling this together. She also received a check from a construction company for $550, which she already wired back home to her family. I wish I knew the name of that company so I could thank them, but Mishka clutched it in her hands, as to not let go, knowing how bad her family needed it.
Mishka is doing as well as can be expected, and very excited to go home. She flew out of Aspen, on May 27. She gives many thanks to all the community, friends and all those who have contributed. Her visit was not the visit she was expecting, but love and grace of all whose lives she touched will never be forgotten.
Thank you, God’s blessings to all.
The Roaring Fork High School Girls Volleyball Team wishes to thank the following local businesses for their donations of time and product in the preparation of lunches for the Alpine Bank Kick-off Golf Classic at Aspen Glen: American Legion Post 100, Costco Wholesale, Peppino’s Pizza, The Red Rock Diner, Spuds, Subs and Suds, Thunder River Market, and The Village Smithy.
The Roaring Fork Sports Foundation generously offered us the opportunity to make 190 box lunches for the golfers in exchange for a significant monetary contribution to our team for uniform pieces and equipment. Because of the help from these local businesses and our parents, we are able to keep most of the money for the benefit of our team.
In these tough economic times, we are all struggling to maintain the same level of quality for our programs. Despite the downturn which has affected us all, there is still a willingness from our local businesses to give back at some doable level. In our case, it ranged from helping us purchase items at wholesale, donating labor, donating actual product and a gift card.
We hope you will continue to patronize our local vendors who generously and unfailingly support the efforts and needs of the kids in our community.
The RFHS Girls Volleyball Team
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