Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Nov. 29, 2020) | AspenTimes.com

Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Nov. 29, 2020)


To Basalt Elementary —

On behalf of the Senior Council Board for Pitkin County, we would like to give our sincerest thanks to the amazing teachers, staff and children of Basalt Elementary School. The children and teachers wrote over 100 letters to our local Pitkin County older adults, who are a part of the meal delivery program, handled by Senior Services. Most of these older adults have been relatively isolated throughout COVID.

The program was called “Share you sunshine” and that is exactly what they did — they shared their beautiful words of kindness and concern, to let the older generations know they are not alone and people are thinking about them.

We would like to thank the following classes: Ms. Talbott, Ms. Hansen, Ms. Jimenez, Ms. Schimpff, Ms. Whattoff, Ms. Chissom, Ms. Rose, Ms. Morrison, Ms. Meserve, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Quiceno Ms. Wolf, Ms. Gannett. Ms. Forristal and Ms. Devine. A huge thanks to the school counselor, Lisa Lowsy, as none of this would have been possible without the interest, execution and logistics from her to begin with.

Thank you to the amazing staff at Senior Services and the volunteers for delivering the cards, as well!

As a side not, we would like to add that in a time of the looming harsher COVID restrictions and the holidays approaching, please try to show kindness and check in on each other- neighbors (whom you may not even know), colleagues, family and friends. Albeit, we need you to do it safely please, but sometimes just leaving a note on a neighbor’s door to say hi, might be the biggest smile they have all day.

This doesn’t have to be an age-related call to action, this can be for all of us — just look out for your community, show encouragement to each other and try to be kind, even when it’s not easy. Love and blessings to all over the holidays!

Ashley McGee and The Senior Board for Pitkin County



Kudos to Steven Hackbarth who inadvertently feeds two hospitals Thanksgiving night! At 11 p.m. on the night shift, I went to the emergency department entrance at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs to pick up some food my friend is sharing with my crew and I after an abundance of leftovers from his work.

Perplexed at where this food was dropped as he said he left it with security, but security said no one had come and it was nowhere to be found. This was strange, so I call him up and ask, “You left it at Valley View, right?”

Wrong … he went to Aspen Valley Hospital! I also work there as needed so there was some confusion. So I call up AVH and let them know what has happened, said for them to enjoy the food and a Happy Thanksgiving and the night goes on! They were equally as perplexed at this mystery delivery and we all had a good laugh.

But Steven didn’t leave it at that. He comes to VVH and delivers more food, enough for the whole crew! Both hospitals ate well for Thanksgiving night!

Renee Holcomb


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