Stone soup, Basalt-style |

Stone soup, Basalt-style

Dear Editor:One of my favorite stories from childhood is the Tale of the Stone Soup. The story begins with two homeless wanderers who were camped near a village road tending a fire and a steaming pot of water. At the bottom of the pot was a stone. A woman, on her way home from the market, happened on the two men.”What are you making?” she asked.”Ah, this is a most wonderful soup – a stone soup,” one of the men replied. Noticing her market bundle, the man continued: “But as good as it is, it would be even more wonderful if we only had a bit of potato to add.Soon chunks of freshly scrubbed potato were boiling away in the stone’s broth. Before long, other travelers gathered around the campfire and added other vegetables, savory meats, and spices. When the soup was done, the entire village shared in the feast. Never had anyone tasted a richer, more delicious soup.”And to think,” said the astonished villagers to one another, “it was made with a stone!”The midvalley community came together and gathered the ingredients so 82 families in our area could enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Coordinator Janice Duroux, assisted by Gil Pittard, collected nonperishable food and financial donations from receptacles at City Market, Clark’s Market, area churches and other locations. Basalt elementary, middle, and high schools challenged classes to line their respective gymnasiums with canned goods. The Cub Scouts and leader Mark Murphy filled a trailer with donations, splitting the bounty with Garfield County Lift-Up. Basalt High School senior Kate Wilson carefully prepared the delivery instructions from recipient lists provided by the Eagle County Health and Human Services office and the Basalt Family Resource Center. The Colleagues in Christ Ministerial Alliance collected an offering of more than $600 at the Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Worship on Tuesday evening to cover the cost of the turkeys and perishable food items. Julie Pratte directed shoppers down the aisles at the El Jebel City Market as we purchased the last of the food.On Wednesday morning, Jill Kane brought her BHS Future Business Leaders of America club to the Basalt Community United Methodist Church – joining midvalley volunteers of all ages in packing the food boxes. After a pizza break, the heaping boxes were loaded into waiting cars. All 82 Thanksgiving meals were delivered by 4:30 p.m.Each year this effort begins with a prayer and the unshakable, rock-solid belief that there truly is enough for all when we share. Each year the baskets and the genuine spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday grow. And our community is richer because of our renewed commitment to abundant life for all.From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who participated in our 2005 Thanksgiving Basket project. God bless you.Rev. Marie GasauBasalt

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