Thank You

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By The Staff

Playschool gets ValentinesLittle Forest Playschool wishes to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations to the “For Your Valentine” silent auction. The event raised funds to help support our educational programs.Bumble Bee Baja Grill, Cecile Monnard, Curves for Women, Heather Cole of Arbonne International, Home Run Pizza, Jenn Moss, La Posada Resort & Spa, Lynn Strauss, Moms In Motion, Natural Designs and Kathy Hjeresen, One Horse Cattle Company, Pajarito Ski Area, Pam Houghteling of Arbonne International and Feldenkrais, Pat Walls Duni, Rosie’s Relaxation Station, and Theresa Milligan.We would also like to give a special thanks to Crystal Dufresne, the owner of Curves for Women, for her support and involvement, and to all the ladies at Curves. Our gratitude extends also to all the bidders and volunteers who helped make this event a success.Lynn Strauss,silent auction chair, andHeather Majors,executive director

Stocking a full pantryLA Cares is always ready to say “thank you” to our local citizens who continually support our mission.In order for us to do our job, it requires volunteers to pack food boxes once a month, others to help us distribute the food to clients. Monetary contributions allow LA Cares to buy needed supplies, while volunteers collect and organize food for us.LA Cares was very active in Los Alamos last year. We have been very pleased to thank those who helped us through October, and we would like to thank the following who helped to make the Christmas and New Year season better for many in Los Alamos: the Plus Group, Barranca Mesa Elementary School “Spirit Club,” The YMCA Afterschool Program, Bandelier Monument employees and Chamisa Elementary Giving Club, who all conducted food drives for LA Cares, which netted several thousand pounds of canned and boxed food for our clients. We are very grateful for their time and efforts.Now, in 2008, LA Cares continues its work and already in February, we would like to thank First United Methodist Church, which sponsored our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Feb. 9 and the volunteers who cooked and set up for this important dinner. Thank you also to Brooke Davis of Los Alamos Piecemakers, John Harvey and Sec Sandoval, for donating attractive door prizes. In addition, we sincerely thank Cub Scout packs 222 and 422, and Scout Troop 222 for a very productive food drive, also on Feb. 9, in which more than 35 cardboard boxes of canned foods, diapers and cereal were collected from local residents for a total of more than 1,200 pounds of food. Thanks also to Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock for their participation in making this drive very successful and the volunteer scout leaders who gave their time.A Los Alamos resident can obtain a box of nutritious food by calling 661-8015 and clearly leaving their name, Los Alamos address, telephone number in the family, any special needs (dog/cat food, food allergies). The distribution is always the second Friday of the month, with registration no later than the Wednesday before that distribution. You will be called back.LA Cares is tax-exempt, nonprofit, and can always use additional funds, which can be sent to PO Box 248, Los Alamos. We have already assisted several clients with rent deposits or payment of utility bills in 2008.Finally, if you would like to make a food contribution, we are always in serious need of: low-sugar or no-sugar juice, healthy cereal like Cheerios and Healthy Heart Start, canned meat products, low sugar canned fruit, diapers and pull-ups, (size 4 and 5) and snacks for school children, such as granola bars, canned individual microwavable macaroni and spaghetti containers, juice boxes, and similar items. You can call at the LA Cares number for a pickup or distribution point.Thank you to Los Alamos residents, who make those contributions of food and money, who give their time and who are available when they are needed. We cannot do this job without you.For the board of LA Cares,Lesley Olsher, MSWCase Manager

Last indulgenceWe wish to thank the community for supporting our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper held Feb. 5. This event is an Anglican tradition, which is held the night before the start of Lent.We are grateful to the Monitor for publicity. Caroline Wurden and Jan McDonald provided wonderful live Dixieland jazz music and more than 30 members of the Trinity on the Hill and other Los Alamos church congregations helped in numerous ways. We thank you all!This event was a fundraiser for our group, which will return to Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, later this year to build our fourth house for an impoverished family there. These trips are incredibly fulfilling for us as well as a lot of fun! Allie Thompson, House of Hope Women , Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church

Giving a morale boostThanks to all of you for the many ways you have lifted us. There are so many to thank for the fabulous food, daily help and prayers. We invite you to visit a website where Mary is writing. To stay posted on her status, go to ww.caringbridge.org/visit/marywermer. The password is trustingod.Wermer Family