Readers Say Thanks
Out thanks go out to father McMillan, the Rev. Harrison, Valley View Hospital fourth floor, Sean and Lisa with Hospice in the Valley, and Heritage Park Assisted Living for all the loving care and support you gave our families.
Also, our friends and neighbors for the food and flowers.
Martin and Eleanor Zemlock and family
Lee and Dawn Gibson and family
This letter is being written in appreciation of the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle.
My husband has been a resident at the Veterans Home for four years. I just had a wonderful and touching experience at that place today. I was visiting Henry, and they were having a Valentine’s party. The “ring leaders,” Deana and Janet, led the staff who were present in singing karaoke and dancing. Great dancing and entertaining was carried out by Ella, Nicole, Antonia, Evelyn, Lesa, and Vanessa. Betty was there to serve ice cream to all. The Valentine King and Queen were residents Elmer and Irene who were both celebrating their 99th birthdays this month. To see the smiles and laughter of the residents brought tears to my eyes. What a joyful and fun time.
The entire staff of the Vets Home, from management and nursing to housekeeping and maintenance, is so kind and compassionate not only to the residents but also to the families. I feel blessed to have my Henry cared for there.
LIFT-UP recently wrapped up its year-end accounting and sent out receipts and thank-you letters for 2009, so I also want to extend my deepest appreciation to the entire community for your tremendous support last year.
With the instability of the economy, it was a year of unusually high demand for LIFT-UP’s services. Requests for assistance were about triple what they were the previous year, with some of our food pantries serving five to 10 times more people than usual in certain months. We tried to keep the public informed, and thankfully, our community came through and helped us meet the dramatically increased needs of our struggling neighbors. A huge amount of food was donated, and financial support remained strong despite the weak economy.
I am sincerely grateful to everyone that participated in food drives and gave financial support, and to all the businesses that did special promotions to benefit LIFT-UP.
Our volunteers, staff and board of directors also went the extra mile to meet the needs.
There are far too many people to name here, but it’s safe to say that thousands of people participated in making sure everyone in our region had food to eat last year.
LIFT-UP is effective because our caring community makes it possible for us to be effective. We are simply a channel for your generosity and kindness. I know the economy impacted every household in our region, so I am extremely grateful for the extraordinary support that LIFT-UP received.
Our six area food pantries and The Extended Table Soup Kitchen continue to be much busier than before the economic downturn, and we don’t know when conditions will improve. But I do know that as long as there are people in need, and a community that cares, LIFT-UP will be here to help. It’s great to live in a community that cares so much about one another.
Michael L. Powell
LIFT-UP executive director
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