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Readers Say Thanks

Thank you to our entire community for your amazing generosity toward the 2006 Toys for Tots gift distribution. The event, held at the Basalt community United Methodist Church on Dec. 23, served 46 families in our area who are on food stamps, free lunch programs at the public schools, or other community-supported assistance. Over 150 children enjoyed this Christmas Day because of you.There are a number of businesses and volunteers to thank as well. Wal-Mart and manager Virginia Drew supplied many of the gifts, including bicycles purchased with a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart and the U.S. Marine Corps. Businesses up and down the valley collected your donations. Hot Mama’s, Valley Lumber, Lowe’s and Target made sure the children could select gifts for their parents and grandparents.Generous volunteers worked over the past week to collect, organize, distribute, and even giftwrap the selections with the parents. Special thanks must go to Ann Gremmil (sorry, Ann, I’m not sure of the spelling), who delivered donations and contacted participating business partners. Scott and Sara Forsythe sorted, organized, and supervised the gift distribution. There were volunteers from the community and from the Basalt Community United Methodist Church. And there were the anonymous folks who came to the church to drop off toys or financial support in the final hours of the collection drive. Most of the remaining donations were taken to the Heritage Park Care Center as gifts for the residents and to the Valley View Hospital to be distributed among children coming in for emergency or prolonged treatment.Toys for Tots is always a true labor of love. This year was exceptional in the outpouring of goodwill. As one grinning volunteer declared, “This is what Christmas is all about!” Well said. Thank you again to our entire community.Rev. Marie GasauBasalt and Thomasville CommunityUnited Methodist Churches

More than 2,500 families received holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas from LIFT-UP this season. The Angel Tree Gift program provided Christmas presents for approximately 4,000 children in our local region. These special holiday programs are offered over and above LIFT-UP’s regular assistance services, which dispense more than 600 bags of groceries each month from five area food pantries; and The Extended Table Soup Kitchen in Glenwood Springs, which serves up to 1,000 meals per month. LIFT-UP wishes to thank the many volunteers and supporters that help to make these vital services available for families in need from Carbondale to Parachute, during the holidays and throughout the entire year. 2006 has been LIFT-UP’s 24th year of operation in the region, after forming in 1982 in response to the downturn in the oil and shale industries.Doug Straw LIFT-UPGlenwood Springs


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