Helping our neighbors |

Helping our neighbors

Dear Editor:

To my neighbors in the midvalley, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support of the recent “Basalt Cares” Thanksgiving baskets and the “Basalt Cares” Family Christmas gift distribution.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, 127 midvalley families enjoyed a complete Thanksgiving dinner thanks to your generosity. On Saturday, Dec. 18, 160 families – 354 children and their parents – received Christmas gifts because of you. Thank you to all the volunteers as well – from the young people who collected donations to the volunteers who schlepped heavy boxes of food or toys. You have shown us all how to be a neighbor.

The recipient families are our neighbors, too. The social workers at the Eagle County Health and Human Services and Basalt Family Resource Center offices help us identify neighbors who need a little help from time to time. These are the neighbors who stock the grocery shelves, clean our offices and businesses and homes, plug the potholes, plant and maintain our landscaping, tend our children. They’re the folks who are employed and working hard at low-income jobs, under-employed and looking for more work, or unemployed and often losing hope. They’re young families with small children and middle-aged folks with growing teens and older residents who can’t afford to retire. They’re our neighbors who sometimes live above the gas station or three to four families in a single mobile home. They’re the people who are never featured in the glossy brochures about our beautiful valley, but they’re the neighbors whose year-round labor is essential to our life here.

From 20th century leadership author Ordway Tead: “More and more clearly every day, out of biology, anthropology, sociology, history, economic analysis, psychological insight, plain human decency and common sense, the necessary mandate of survival that we shall love all our neighbors as we do ourselves, is being confirmed and reaffirmed.”

So, from neighbors to neighbors, thank you all. By your care, you make our valley a better place.

Rev. Marie Gasau

United Methodist Churches

Basalt and Thomasville community

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