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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I would like to extend my personal thanks to the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River valley communities. The spirit of generosity that resides in our community is outstanding.
In the past I have received contributions of musical instruments and other supplies for Haitian schools, clothing, shoes and hygiene products for Haitian individuals, medical supplies and medications for Haitian community health outreach and money for food distribution in Haitian communities.
Three weeks ago, after the devastating earthquake, the community heard that I was travelling to Haiti. The outpouring of support from this area was extraordinary.
Highlights of the accomplishment we were able to achieve with this community’s contributions include:
1. Funding for a meal for the patient and one family member to be delivered to the hospital in Millot two times a week for the next six weeks. There were approximately 150 patients at the hospital one week ago with transfers from the Port-au-Prince area arriving daily.
2. Medical supplies for the hospitals at Millot and Cap Haitien.
3. Food distribution to communities in the Cap Haitien areas where people are trying to assimilate the (approximately) 150,000 refugees that have arrived.
4. Specific funding to individuals who have assumed the care of youngsters who lost their parents/caretakers in the earthquake.
The people of Haiti who were recipients sent their “thanks” and “God bless you” to this community through me. The people of Haiti who saw the generosity of this community also sent their “thanks” for helping their country.
If you are interested in more specific information, please call 625-1667 (Rifle Church of Christ) and leave your name and e-mail address on the voice mail. Your e-mail will only be added to the distribution list for the Haitian Newsletter and updates.
This is a huge thank-you letter.
Hi, my name is Alane Larison, and today is No. 13 at Valley View hospital for acute pancreatitis. To have pancreatitis stops you in your tracks. It is the most painful thing, and there is really nothing to do but IV fluids and have nothing by mouth and try to control the pain.
During my stay I have been so blessed with a wonderful staff here at VVH. The nurses are amazing and so caring. Some of the nurses are Sandy, Cathy, Ellen, Sunday, Tiffany, Michelle, Deb, Alice, Doug, Jody, Judy, Kristy, and many more whose names I cannot remember. The doctors from GI Dr. Hughes to the internal med Dr. Al Saliman and Dr. Maurer. The PA Jenny Queen and NP Liz.
The room is amazing. The chaplains who have come by to pray with me and were able to arrange for me to get my ashes on ash Wed were amazing. For Father E.J. to come from our church in Parachute.
To the Glenwood police department to give the time and support so my husband Brian can spend the first 11 days with me here. My sister Lori Samuels for taking on our children and animals for 11 days so Brian could be here.
My work Aspen Orthopaedic and my co-workers there for all their support during this time of need. For all our family and friends for stepping up to the plate and helping out with kids and animals.
For everyone who sent flowers and prayers and made meals for us. You all are amazing and a blessing in our lives.
I am hoping to be home by the end of the week. But I just wanted everyone know how much we appreciate everything everyone has done. God bless each and every one of you.
Alane and Brian Larison
Rain for Rent and the Jose Lara family would like to thank everyone who generously donated time and gifts for the benefit dinner and silent auction held for the Jose Lara family on Sunday, Feb. 21, and to all who attended the event to make it the success it was.
Thanks to the following: The Rock Family Fitness Center, Rifle; Gary Russell, ornamental iron, Rifle; The Galleria, Grand Junction; Columbine Ford, Rifle; Glenwood Ford; All Sports Honda, Grand Junction; Rene Fisher, Midland Arts Co., Rifle; National Oil Well Services, Rifle; Karen’s Kountry Hair, Grand Junction; Grease Monkey, Rifle; Rifle Truck and Trailer; Nancy Anderson, Midland Arts Co., Rifle; Wing Nutz Bar and Grill, Rifle; Z Salon and Spa, Rifle; Rifle Chamber of Commerce, Rifle; Jay Purkey, Purkey’s Packing Plant, Meeker; Joanne Nelson, Mountain Man Fruit and Nut, Rifle; Transwest of Grand Junction; CERTEK Heat Machines, USA, Grand Junction; Lindsey Johnson, Midland Arts Co., Rifle; Alan Lambert, Divide Creek Woodturning; Fiesta Guadalajara, Rifle; Honnen Equipment, Grand Junction; Napa, Rifle; Alsco, Grand Junction; Misty Frontella, Midland Arts Co., Rifle; Action Shop Services, Rifle; Glenwood Caverns; Delta Rigging and Tools, Grand Junction; Misty Frontella, The Cracked Pot, Rifle; Grainger, Grand Junction; CSK, Rifle; Elmer Glass, Rifle; The Parts House/Carquest, Rifle; Randy Murr, Murr Welding, Silt; and Maria Lara, Corte De Cabellos, Rifle.
Donations are still being accepted at the Rifle branch Alpine Bank.
Our apologies if we missed anybody. Everyone’s support was greatly appreciated. Thanks to all.
Jose Lara family and Rain for Rent
From the family of Helen Wilson:
Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece, if so we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us today. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much whatever the part.
– author unknown
Our mother, Helen Wilson, was special to everyone who knew her, and we all will miss her very much. A special thanks to the staff at E. Dene Moore who gave her special care these past months. And the support given to us with prayers and just being there were greatly appreciated.
Margaret and Jack Wierenga and family
Hugh and Linda Wilson and family
The family of Lee T. Kizer would like to say thank you to everyone for their prayers, words of comfort, flowers, and donations to the E. Dene Moore Memorial Fund and the Rifle Senior Center in our father’s name.
Thank you to the Rev. Dene Johnson for officiating and for use of the First Christian Church for the service and as a gathering place after the graveside service. Also, thank you to the Colorado National Honor Guard, the Rifle VFW, the Patriot Guard Riders for their participation in the Military Honors graveside service.
A very special thank you goes out to Mike Norvell for playing taps as a final farewell to a very special decorated World War II veteran.
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