Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

... to the wonderful people who helped

At times we all forget where we live. We take for granted the comfort, safety and beauty that is all around us. We forget that we live in a city with a small-town attitude where we take care of each other. I know for just a short time, I forgot one very important fact - I live in Juneau, Alaska.

When we were told our 11-year-old daughter had to have back surgery and needed to go to Seattle for a month, I panicked. Was she going to be okay? Was she going to get the best care? How were we going to live south a whole month? What about school? What about work? You see, I was so scared for her and so worried about all the details that needed to be taken care of, I forgot.

I forgot about the reason we chose to live here and raise our children - the people. When word got out about our worries, everyone rallied.

Family, friends, my employer, co-workers, S.E. Panhandlers and all the wonderful customers of the Triangle Club (my work) showed us we were not in the least bit alone. Their generosity, comfort and caring came pouring in. We were surrounded by concern for our well-being, and they cared to help ease our burden. The strain was lifted from our shoulders 1,000 percent by all the goodness. We were able to concentrate on getting our girl well. We were able to give her all our time and love, thanks to everyone.

We are back home now and trying to go on with the process of healing. She came through everything just great but has to take it slow. We are getting back to work and school as much as possible. I know though, that without the help of so many, we would never be this far.

I don't think we will ever again forget just how lucky we are to live in such a place. We are not surrounded by ordinary people, but by quiet heroes who help so many without thought of recognition. I, for one, will always be grateful to you.

So, thank you, one and all. My world is a lot brighter because of you and I hope someday I can also do my part for others.

Sandra Krook

Auke Bay

... from the 3rd Battalion

In December 2004, the 3rd Battalion held its annual Christmas Party for its soldiers and their families.

This event was a wonderful time for the 3rd Battalion, especially during this time of deployment for many of the families. The 3rd Battalion would like to extend a gracious thank you to the following groups for their thoughtful support and generous donations in making the 2004 3rd Battalion's Christmas Party a truly joyful event: Gottschalks, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, The Broiler, Payless Shoe Source, Claire's Boutiques, Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor, Seventh Heaven Day Spa, Scentiments, GNC, Blockbuster Video, Alaskan & Proud, Safeway Food & Drug, Super Bear Supermarket, Frontier Suites, Gourmet Alaska, Bruce & Judy Bowler and the many others who made this event successful.

Thank you!

Kimberly Leary

Juneau Family Assistance Center

National Guard Family Programs

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