Cards of Thanks

Elementary school

The students of Pagosa Elementary offer a big thank you to the 40-plus community volunteers who helped us shop for gifts for our families last week at the Penguin Holiday Shoppe.  Volunteers helped us shop and wrap our gifts so we in turn can say “thank you” to the special people in our lives who are helping us grow up to be responsible people in our community.  From the Partners in Education (P.I.E.) group at the school, we also want you to know your help was an amazing reminder of what a wonderful community Pagosa Springs is.  Volunteers from Rotary, the Realtor Association and local churches kicked in to fill 110 volunteer time slots.  A special shout out to Cindy Gustafson and the WHIPS ladies, as well as Archuleta County Fair organizer Linda Molten, who told everyone they know to show up and help.  We could not have done this without you.

Angel Tree

Sharing and Caring Angel Tree Project.

A big thank you to Debbie Jennings and Carla Elliot, and for everyone involved, for an unbelievable project gone so well.

These ladies undertake the daunting task of making a difference in the life of 160-plus families in Pagosa Springs, by spearheading and implementing the Angel Tree Project.

As families drove up on a snowy and icy Saturday afternoon, boxes of food were handed out, frozen turkeys for a nice Christmas dinner and bags of gifts for the whole family.

You can imagine the organization, planning and preparation this must have taken.

To find the time doing all this while having full-time jobs, families, grandkids, thanksgiving season, etc., truly does demonstrate a kind heart and giving spirit. Thank you for all that you do.

Chantal Ralston


Thank you, Pagosa Springs Women’s Club.

On behalf of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (PSCDC), I’d like to express our sincere appreciation for the generous donation to support our efforts to better the economic health of our small community. Thanks for all you do.

Muriel Eason

Gray Wolves

On Dec. 11, the Gray Wolves Ski Club had their annual Christmas party at Quality Inn and Suites. I contacted Joanne Irons at the Youth Center to hire three of her young ladies to help serve food, coffee and desserts to individuals that wanted to just sit and visit. These young ladies exceeded our expectations. They were very professional, delightful, charming and tackled any task I asked of them. McKenna Parsons, Karianne Weigant and Courtney Bishop, we thank you so much. Their advisor for the night was a lady named Lezlie White. She was so helpful. She alerted me to snafus or little items that I thought were being taken care of but were not. Nancy Rea from Justice Ministries decorated all the serving tables and also served. She was my guardian angel in this endeavor. If you want a fabulous event, please call the Youth Center and make a donation to use these wonderful girls. And everyone get an angel in your life.

Lassie Olin


Last Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted our holiday party for the kids in the program. The kids enjoyed decorating Frisbees, hacki sack balls, stand up gingerbread houses and Christmas trees. They got to partake in great sandwiches from Subway, thanks to their generous donation of two sandwich platters. We also shared homemade cookies and presents. Thank you to Diane McInnis at Centerpoint Church for providing us a place to have this party. They have always been supportive of BBBS. A special thanks to Siri Schuchart for the donation of the Happy Factory Cars for the kids in need. Thank you to Kim VanWormer for her donation of food from Subway Downtown for our party. It is wonderful to be part of this generous community. Happy Holidays to all.

Maggie Ives

This story was posted on December 20, 2012.