Printed letters, Dec. 24, 2010

Library staff was great in collecting needed gifts

I would like to say kudos to the staff at Mesa County Public Library for their efforts in collecting Christmas gifts for needy families of the Grand Valley.

Last week, when we held our meeting of the Grand Valley Interfaith Network, we met at Catholic Outreach and our usual meeting room was packed with gifts that had been donated by patrons and collected by the staff of the library. The challenge of meeting around the gifts warmed our hearts and signified that the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the Grand Valley.

Needless to say, the staff and volunteers of Catholic Outreach continue to shine as beacons of compassion in our community. Way to go, folks. Peace and blessings.

REV. MIKE BURR, President

Grand Valley Interfaith Network

Grand Junction

Community giving made toy drive a success

I want to express my gratitude for the giving spirit of Mesa County. During the early part of November, in the midst of a very contentious and negative political season, I was privileged to witness the power of positive action.

In late October, I learned that there would not be a U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive in Mesa County this holiday season. When I notified the community through the media, I was overwhelmed and extraordinarily humbled by the response.

I received over 600 telephone calls and too many e-mails to count from local businesses, organizations and every variety of individual volunteering to do whatever it took to ensure that children were remembered this holiday season. Once again, my faith in the giving heart of this community was renewed.

It soon became apparent that the children of this community would be best served by all of us partnering with the local Salvation Army Annual Christmas Drive. A huge “Thank you” needs to go to the local Lions Clubs that stepped up and, in partnership with the Salvation Army, placed toy boxes throughout the community, providing pick-up, storage and delivery of all of these gifts.

This year’s toy drive has been a wondrous event that has brought joy to all involved. Because of the generosity of this community, every child who was signed up for the toy drive will receive gifts and their families will receive a wonderful food box, also. Capt. Dan Wilson and his wife, Capt. Terrie, and all of the Salvation Army staff and volunteers, including the local National Guard, are all owed our gratitude for a job well done.

I wear a pin frequently that says, “Believe,” and the generous heart of this community has strengthened my belief in the innate goodness of people to reach out and touch the lives of those less fortunate than them.

Thanks to everyone for stepping up to “get ‘er done” for the children of this community.  I hope there is warmth in your spirit and a smile on your face. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

SUE TUFFIN, Director

Mesa County Workforce Center

Grand Junction


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