Words of gratitude from near and far

The Family Council at the Hood River Care Center writes: “We would like to extend a most sincere thank you to those who generously donated birdseed, craft items, beauty items, and bingo prizes to our residents at the Hood River Care Center during the Christmas season.

“There were lots of birdseed donations. One individual dropped off 10 50-pound bags and didn’t leave their name.

“This made Bill Barnett, our volunteer who fills the bird feeder, so happy.

“We now have birdseed stored in two different garages.

“Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be enjoyed in the days to come.

“Happy New Year!”

Debbie, Carol, Marci, Rachel, Liz, and Alan, Family Council, HRCC


The residents and staff of The Parkhurst House Assisted Living write: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Hood River County’s fire departments for their wonderful holiday lights parade.

“It is nice to know that we reside in a county that has such extremely dedicated and compassionate first responders who most of which volunteer their time to protect and serve our county residents.

“We applaud you!


Riverside Community Church recently received a thank you note from inmates involved in the Parenting Inside Out program. For the fourth year in 2012, the church provided toys and books for inmates enrolled in the PIO to give to their children over the holidays. The items were collected by the Riverside Community Church November through December and later donated to the program, at Columbia River Correctional Institution in northeast Portland.

The PIO membership board wrote, “Your continued generosity toward helping the kids of incarcerated men and women is deeply appreciated! We have been able to share the books with three prisons.

“The kids have been so excited to get cool, new books. And the incarcerated moms and dads are so proud to be able to give the gift of reading to their kids. Thank you!”

Here are selected comments from inmates:

“Thank you very much, your kindness will never be forgotten. Reading is an important part of children’s life. PIO has taught me so much, God Bless you.

— Steve McCutchen

“My daughter is an avid reader. Thank you for the books.”

— Scott Sims

“Thank you so much for your support, I am so grateful for you, and my children will benefit from it later. God bless you.”

— Tracy M.

“Thank you for your time and generosity. We truly value and appreciate your presence at our PIO events.”

— Joshua Arney

“Everything you do to help is appreciated not only by us but by children on a level that can’t be expressed by words. Thank You.”

— Zach

“For you all, I’m so grateful in this class of PIO. I’m learning so much of what I missed out on as a kid, so that I can better my daughter’s life. Thank you so much.”

—Mr. Pedigo

“Thank you so much; for a day I felt human.”

— Braden

“Thank you for all you’ve done. For all the toys and help you give us.”


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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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