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Praise, praise, praise! We are so blessed to live in a giving and caring community. Thank you for the generous outpouring of love and kindness to our sister city Pearlington, Mississippi. We have received a ton of really great things for our kin.

Everything we asked for on our original list has been provided abundantly. Thank you to everyone who donated the supplies, money and time. The Valley has done a wonderful job in this first phase of giving. Even though we have called Pearlington “Carbondale’s sister city,” many more cities have participated in the giving. Thank you all.

This really could not be done by one group of people, it takes a big valley of proactive citizens in love with the human race and a lot of prayer. I am proud to live here. I know I would not want to leave my community, just like our sister city.



On Saturday, the collection center will become a distribution center, with packing and staging in the back two garages for pickup and then transportation. Then we will send out another requested list from the citizens of Pearlington, and start the collection again, then distributions, so on and so on.

What we need now is lots of people, to pack, sort and organize the staging areas. Sign up or just show up at the distribution center at 792 Highway 133 (Red Rock Plaza) next to the Family Dollar store from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday.



Or you can donate money, hangers, free-standing closet racks (that break down), school books, teaching supplies, school supplies, balls, a flag, 20 light-weight plastic folding chairs, or toys (suitable for school).

Stephanie Schilling

Carbondale’s Katrina Relief Sister City Collection and Distribution Center

Many thanks go out to everyone for our third successful year with “Stuff the Bus.” With the generous donations from so many wonderful people in the community, we were able to assist close to 100 students needing school supplies since the start of school in August.

I would like to extend personal thank-yous to the following: The Glenwood Springs Mall for housing the bus the month of August; Wal-Mart for allowing us to park the bus in their parking lot; KSNO for including us in their live broadcasting show; ARC (Architectural Resource Consultants) for the donation of the backpacks; Alpine Bank for “Tools for Schools”; the Roaring Fork Kiwanis for their support; and the staff at the Roaring Fork Transportation Department for set up and extra duties that accompany this project.

If anyone is in need, or knows someone in need of supplies within the Roaring Fork School District, Larry Estrada can be contacted through Catholic Charities, the Family Resource Centers in Basalt, Carbondale, or Glenwood, and LIFT-UP. You can also talk to the secretaries at any of the Re-1 district schools or call Larry at 384-5981. This is for all students grades K-12.

Again, thank you. This program is only successful because of the unselfish, generous people and businesses in this valley.

Larry T. Estrada

Roaring Fork School District


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