LS: Your Town Column November 16, 2008

Have you made your list and checked it twice?

Ho, ho, ho ... heavens no!

Not that list (although it won’t be long before it’s time to compile the Christmas list).

I’m referring to the lengthy list of food items and kitchen gadgets you’ll need at the store to assure that Thanksgiving dinner goes off without a hitch.

As you stroll the aisles and fill the shopping cart with pumpkin pie spices, crunchy onions to top the green bean casserole, yams and stuffing makings, toss in a few extra items to drop off at the Community Food Bank of Mesa County, 640-0336, The Salvation Army for its annual dinner, 242-7513, or to any other local organization sponsoring a food drive during the next few weeks.

Everyone should have the opportunity to join family, friends and other community members to give thanks.

Your donations help assure that even those in need can enjoy the Thanksgiving meal tradition.

•  A little birdie told me that an early-bird Thanksgiving dinner will be celebrated
Nov. 20, at the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave.
Call 243-7408 for information.

•  Fruita Monument High School student Ellen Gaglione is planning a benefit dinner to raise funds to help build a new home for local resident Mary White and her three daughters.
The White family is in need of a home that is wheelchair accessible. One of the daughters, 14-year-old McKenzie, has been paralyzed since age 6, when she suffered a cardiac arrest,  caused by a rare heart condition that had gone undetected.
A volunteer committee of friends, family and local businesses are combining love and resources to build the mortgage-free home.
The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fruita Monument High School cafeteria.
Cost is $7, and additional donations are appreciated.
Call Mike Ruspil at 216-0983, or Gaglione at 216-6794 for information.

•  Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers Colorado Chapter 4 will have its one-year anniversary dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, 1145 North Ave.
The organization is made up of mothers who have, or have had, sons or daughters serving in the military.
The event will include a Missing Man Table and Honors ceremony at 7 p.m.
Call Julie Dominguez at 464-2406 for information.

•  Adoption Options will sponsor an adoption information night from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St.
Those interested in adopting a child and wanting information about the agency and how to proceed should call 257-3189.


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