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A thankful Thanksgiving

Dear Editor:The annual Thanksgiving Food Program organized through the Basalt/El Jebel Colleagues in Christ Ministerial Alliance recently distributed frozen turkeys and boxes of food for nearly 90 midvalley families’ Thanksgiving dinners.Wow – the response was amazing! The ENTIRE community was supportive in so many ways: people who generously filled food collection tubs in several locations; Basalt Key Club high school students who collected 85 donated turkeys and carloads of canned goods in two days at City Market El Jebel; Cub Scout Pack 242 who collected shopping bags of canned food in local neighborhoods; Basalt Middle School teachers and students who brought canned goods to school; individuals and organizations who donated financially; the Tuesday evening (Nov. 21) volunteers who shopped following the Ecumenical Church Service; newspapers and radio stations who spread the word that the basement of Basalt Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 22 would be the staging area; and the more than 60 volunteers who showed up to pack and transport boxes to 85 area families in need.To all of you who took part in this community event at any level, we owe you a huge THANK YOU.This Thanksgiving, as a result of the generosity of the midvalley citizens with food and financial donations, our collections exceeded the immediate need and we are pleased to announce that we plan to assist the local families a second time in midwinter with an additional food distribution. Information will be forthcoming and anyone wishing to volunteer or contribute may contact Marie Gasau at Basalt Methodist Church at 927-4098 or mail to P.O. Box 1159, Basalt CO 81621.Happy holidays to all.Thanksgiving Food Program chairpersonsJanice Duroux, Mary DelanySue Schoeller, Carrie SimmsCindy Wilson, Julie Pratte