Thank You Letters

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By The Staff

Delivering Christmas to everyone

Thank you to the many parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Los Alamos community members and organizations, and a group of elementary students at Aspen Elementary School for your generous contributions to the success of the Angel Tree program.  All of the presents under the tree were a child’s dream come true.  

More than 1,000 presents, including eight bicycles, or close to $50,000 worth of Christmas gifts, were donated to needy families in our parish and around northern New Mexico.  Thank you to the teens who helped wrap, cart and sort all 1,000 presents.  

Special thanks to Christina Roman and Emily TenCate, two Los Alamos High School juniors who took over a large amount of the organization of this service project, and for the exceptional generosity of those who provided not just one, but many gifts.  IHM provided 550 gifts to Bienvenidos and Sojourners Advocacy Café, both of Santa Fe, 350 gifts for needy families in Los Alamos and the Española Valley, including a number of parishioners, and many school supplies to St. Francis of Assisi School in Lumberton.

Eric Horne,

youth director

Cathy Kohlrust,

assistant youth


A sweet


The Community Health Council and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization would like to thank our community for supporting our recent Festivals of Chocolate and Trees.

We appreciate the following local and regional businesses that helped out with the chocolate: C.B. Fox, Decadent Table, Ruby K’s, Chocolate Maven, Pranzo’s, Plaza Bakery/Haagen Daz, Taos Inn, El Monte Sagrado Resort and the numerous individuals and groups who donated such creatively decorated trees and wreaths for our silent auction. Everyone enjoyed holiday shopping with our wonderful vendors and the young ones were captivated with Santa.

Thank you, Pat Reich, Tom Dey and Greg Schneider for your beautiful holiday music. Best of all, much needed funds were raised for our two organizations.


Michelangelo Lobato

and Pauline Schneider, festival co-chairs

Churches offer help

Thank you from Self Help, Inc., for the sustaining support given by our local churches. Bethlehem Lutheran Church provides our office and many other kinds of support.

Crossroads Bible Church, White Rock Methodist Church, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, Hope Fellowship, the Christian Concern Committee of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church, The United Church, the Los Alamos Jewish Center, Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, the White Rock Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the White Rock Baptist Church.

Thanks to the efforts of these groups, Self Help has been a Los Alamos-based non-profit organization serving northern New Mexico for 40 years. The ecumenical support of the Los Alamos community has made Self Help a truly sustainable program.

I also want to acknowledge the generosity of the Elks Club, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bio Science Group, Los Alamos National Bank, the Hope Fellowship and some very kind individuals who made the Christmas season brighter for families in need in Los Alamos and northern New Mexico.

Ellen Morris Bond,

executive director of Self Help, Inc.

Teens make a difference

On behalf of the Youth Team of United Way of northern New Mexico, we would to thank the community of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Hill Diner and Hot Rocks Java Café for helping us raise more than $9,500 for the 2010 United Way campaign.

With the leadership of Morrie Pongratiz and the participation of youth team members Madison Ahlers, Alex Baker, Keanna Cohen, Gwynn Cunningham, Josh Dolin, Justin Dunn, Sydney Ellis, Meghan Montoya, Kelsey Neal, Amy Neal, Brandon Owens, Ben Schilling, Kendra Smale, Kevin Smale, Sara Tuzel, Beth Wendelberger and Laura Wendelberger, we were able to exceed our $8,000 fundraising campaign goal for this year.

We are proud of our youth team and we have received many compliments regarding the success of each of the youth team’s events. Despite the weather on Sept. 20, the community responded with delight toward Dinner of Diamond. Hamburger Night, held Oct. 12, was also well attended and extremely successful.

Thank you again to Morrie, the United Way Youth Team members, friends, family and volunteers who donated time, energy and financial support. The enthusiasm of this year’s team helped to make every campaign event fun and profitable. We could not have done this without you.

Jill Cook, board of trustees president, United Way of Northern New Mexico