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Touched by the help

Dear Editor:

I recently had back surgery here in Aspen, and I had an experience that I think you would like to know about.

Because I lived alone, I needed some help, and when I came home from the hospital, a friend of mine, Betsy Schroeder, suggested putting me in touch with Debbie Kreutzer – one of your teachers. Perhaps you know that Debbie organizes a large group of volunteers through Pathfinders to prepare a dinner for people like me who need this help. She recently included a number of Aspen High School students.

On two evenings Sophie Boulough arrived with dinners that she had made herself. They were delicious. I had the chance to visit with Sophie both times, and she is a delightful young lady who said she heard about the program and likes to cook. She does a great job and obviously took lots of time and thought in preparing the meals – even homemade salad dressing.

I would like to commend Debbie for the work she does to make this service happen. I was a teacher, and I know how busy teachers’ lives are – especially before Christmas. The beautiful part is that Sophie and others have the chance to serve others and see first-hand how their help is appreciated. As one receiving help, I had the chance to meet a delightful teenager who cares.

My conversations with Sophie were charming, and I thought how wonderful it is for this community to have an older person and a teenager brought together like this … and also for a teenager to realize that caring really is appreciated. I think too often older people become separated from teens and don’t realize how nice they can be and all the good things teens often do. Sophie came twice from Snowmass to my house near the Aspen Club – a pretty long drive.

A few days before Christmas, Debbie arrived with a plate of decorated Christmas cookies, made by a group of students at AHS. How wonderful is that! Baking cookies is still impossible for me.

These are wonderful gifts to me, and I’m sure you are proud when you receive stories like mine. Thanks to Debbie, Sophie and several other wonderful, caring people in our community who made a difference in my recovery.

With warm regards and wishes for continued success in 2010 for Aspen High School.

Ruth Stone

Aspen


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