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A real community

Dear Editor:

Families throughout the mid-valley area shared Thanksgiving feasts and prayers of gratitude thanks to the efforts of hundreds of donors and volunteers who participated in this week’s “Basalt Cares” food distribution. Social workers from the Eagle County Health and Human Services office and the Basalt Family Resource Center helped our organizers identify folks in the mid-valley who are struggling in these tough economic times and could use a little help this Thanksgiving. The Cub and Boy Scouts of Troop #242 gathered non-perishable donations in early November. Last weekend members of the Basalt High School Key Club stood outside the El Jebel City Market and encouraged shoppers to add needed items to their grocery carts. A local businessman called coordinator Cindy Wilson to say he had just donated 100 frozen turkeys and City Market would provide storage space. Worshipers at the Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Worship on Tuesday evening helped purchase fresh produce as well as composing prayers of blessing for the families who would receive the food boxes.

The packing and distribution of these bountiful boxes on Wednesday afternoon was a true community event. More than 100 volunteers gathered in the sanctuary of the Basalt Community United Methodist Church to pack and deliver Thanksgiving meals to 104 families. Included with the food were copies of Tuesday’s prayers. Many of the volunteer families shared those same prayers at their own Thanksgiving tables today. Even though the boxes were packed to the brim, there was food to spare. This remainder was taken to Carbondale for families served by Lift-Up across Garfield County.

Once again I am blown away by the amazing spirit of out mid-valley residents. This annual project brings together such diverse elements of our community. For a few precious hours we are truly united – regardless of our economic situation or age or politics or faith – in mutual care and respect.

Thank you, volunteers and donors and coordinators and grateful recipients. Thank you, people young and old, rich and poor and everything between. Thank you for showing us all what it means to be a real community.

Rev. Marie Gasau

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