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I wish to thank the Roaring Fork Referral Group for adding to our Christmas celebration for the homeless on Christmas Day. Their large donation helped fund the dinner and buy the gifts of long underwear for 25 homeless participants. Is is gifts like this that help the homeless feel supported by the community. Of the 30 people currently utilizing the Feed My Sheep drop-in center, 21 are working. Many of them are living and working outdoors.

The members of the group are: Jim Lord, American Family Insurance; Donna Humble, Biosynergy; Polly Towey, CPA Serves Pro., Ernie and Carol Delto, Delto and Associates; Debra Drew, Edward Jones Financial Services; Lynn Boder, Flower Mart; Doug Didonato, Gran Farnum Printers; Roy Brandt, Web designer; Amy Leudke, Property Shop; Keith Slater, Something Sweet Candy; Jim Armstrong, Sunlight Window Covering; Susan Kargar, Liberty Home Loans; Ronnie Smith, Starseed Gift Baskets; Jack Gausnel, WSI Internets; Paul Parsons, Parsons Chiropractic; Joel Karr, Sacred Grounds; U.S. Bank; Greg Emerine, Impressions Office Solutions; Tim Dyer, Dyer Electric; and Jacque McMillan, Springs Travel.

Karolyn Spencer,

Feed My Sheep Ministry

New Castle

Thank you, Donna Gray, for your recent articles on the high cost of living and the plight of John Miller, suffering from a brain tumor. I want to be sure the correct organizations and one local business get credit for helping John and Tisa Miller. Salvation Army helped with their space rent, Catholic Charities helped with their mortgage. The furnace in their home was replaced due to the outstanding efforts of the Christmas Wish Foundation. We wrote Christmas Wish and explained the Millers’ need. Christmas Wish then spoke with Climate Control in Glenwood Springs who discounted their services more than 40 percent. Climate Control should be commended for their generosity. The Millers will soon receive some additional help with their mortgage through Tom’s Door, another outreach organization serving the needy.

John is having cataract surgery this week, and his brain surgery is scheduled for Feb. 9. We pray he will make a full recovery. We can all count our blessings that we live in such a caring community.

One final note, this was the 20th year that the Christmas Wish Foundation has been in operation in our valley. Coordinated by Barbara Bakios-Wickes, they have helped over 4,000 adults and children with over 5,000 wishes.

Jill Ziemann,

coordinator, emergency assistance, Catholic Charities

Glenwood Springs


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