Your Town, Dec. 22, 2013

I was wrapping presents the other night and I kept pulling bows out of the bag, curling up my nose and shaking my head.

“I can’t use this one either,” I muttered, tossing it toward the trash can, fade-away style. Mangled and worn with the magic of too many Christmases past, bow after bow found its way in the trash can.

My name is Tammy and I’m a bow recycler.

Each year on Christmas Day, when all are relaxed and sitting around the tree admiring their opened gifts and reflecting on the season, I gather all the strewn wrapping paper to toss in the trash, making sure first, to tear off the bows and set them aside to use again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.

Recycling is good — to a point.

And, when a point is really good — it’s good to recycle. My point is, you are about to read a recycled Your Town column from Dec. 18, 2005. I happened upon it while pondering the lead for this week’s column and decided to run it again. Eight years later, the message is still the same (although I updated some of the facts and dates).

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas:

When Christmastime rolled around in my elementary school years, my little sister and I would re-enact the familiar nativity/stable scene with the weary (and very “with child”) Mary and Joseph searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Dressed in our bathrobes with towels draped over our heads — representing the garb of the era — we’d perform the scene for my mom and dad and older sister, with the twinkling Christmas tree serving as stage lighting in the living room.

Years later when our young families would gather for Christmas Eve revelry, the kids took over performing the acting scenes. Of course, because they were all boys, the theme would be more like Santa battling the rebellious evil elves or the good elves trying to fend off a villain who had his mind set on ruining Christmas. Nevertheless, the reoccurring theme over the years was always about the good of mankind and no matter the plot, in the end, good always prevailed.

The events of this past month have gone above and beyond that theme. The various toy drives and food drives were very successful this year, thanks to the generosity of our caring community. Organizations and businesses have sponsored holiday trees to benefit underprivileged kids, cops and kids went shopping, and the Lions’ Random Acts of Kindness brought joy to many.

While recent headlines seem to dwell on more serious issues of tragedy, crime, corruption and economical woes, keep in mind that positive things are happening too.

It was eight years ago this past November that my dear little sister and acting partner Sheri, passed away. In her memory, and the memory of all friends and family who have passed away this year, I ask that we as a community continue to seek out the goodness in our lives and that of others — not just during Christmas but throughout the year.

The good of mankind will always prevail.

HomewardBound Homeless Shelter will benefit from the proceeds of the first firkin keg of the new year, at 5 p.m. Jan. 6, at Kannah Creek Brewery, 1960 N. 12th St.

Proceeds from the $4 pints of the firkin keg, and additional donations, will go to the homeless shelter.

What do to the proceeds buy?

According to a news release from HomewardBound of the Grand Valley:

■ $13.11 provides a homeless adult a night of safe shelter

■  $25 provides a family with children a night of safe shelter

■ $91.77 provides a homeless adult or veteran a full week of safe shelter

For more information call Kannah Creek at 263-0111 or HomewardBound at 256-9424.

The fifth annual Knit-a-Thon is set for Jan. 3–5 at Community of Christ Church, 2880 B 1/2 Road.

Participants will be knitting and crocheting hats for newborns and premature babies at St. Mary’s Hospital and for the homeless.

A mystery dinner theater will kick off the event on Friday evening. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the knitting and crocheting will begin and will continue throughout the day. All ages and all skill levels are invited to participate in part, or for the entire event. The knitted and crocheted items will be donated to St. Mary’s Hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Oncology departments and the HomewardBound Homeless Shelter.

Yarn will be provided and there will be looms for those unable to use needles and hooks. Extra hooks and needles will be available to those without.

Lodging is available at the church for out-of-town travelers.

Call Naomi Barlow at 623-1455 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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