Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

... for help when our home burned down

Our home burned down Dec. 22, 2004. The Empire printed an article letting people know of the accident. We had a tremendous amount of help. So much so, that my letter of thanks is too long to be printed in the same paper. It can be read in its entirety at I would appreciate your time and attention for the few moments it will take to read the entire letter published there. Juneau truly has a big heart, and I would like to see those that helped us receive some recognition. My life has changed forever because of these people.

I apologize if I have missed your name here. Every single bit of help and support has been treasured. Some of you we have thanked by place of business instead of individually. We received so much help, many times given to us as a group. It's impossible to know what came from whom. However, we do know that your kindness has touched us deeply, and we will never forget it.

I would like to say thank you to the following: Juneau firefighters and volunteers; Animal Control and Gastineau Humane Society; Elayne Boyce at Juneau's Red Cross; Tony Carroll; Fred Meyers pharmacy; Searhc pharmacy; Jamhi staff; Searhc staff Stacy and Judy; Tonya and Dr. Strand at Searhc Eye Clinic; Searhc Foundation; Sue Ann Lindoff at Tlingit and Haida; Hadsels' at Sweet Dream; owner and staff at the Sandbar; Bob and Judy Andree; our neighbors, Naoki, Liz and Tony Smith; Josh and family; Josh's church; Floyd and Marjorie Peterson; Karleen and Roger Grummett; Kenneth Woodbury; Jerrie at First National Bank Alaska; Gus, friends and family in Missouri and Kentucky; Bethel Baptist church in Lonedell, Missouri.

Thank you to the rest of our family and friends for your caring and support, and for the quiet understanding when we couldn't afford to buy all our Christmas presents for you again. Thanks to our 'family' at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Thank you Juneau, for all you've done for us. This is truly a beautiful example of community spirit, and what it means to live in a small town. Our lives are made up of so many small pieces, and we are so grateful to have had so much help putting them all back together again.

Rosemary and Bryan Graham

... for help with family concert

Thanks to all who helped to make this year's Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Family concert a resounding success. Thanks again this year to Hal Kulm and Southeast Pepsi Distributors for donating all the drinks and to Foodland A&P, Costco, Safeway and Superbear for donating snacks. We are grateful to Jeff Brown for the loan of his button machine and donation of button-making materials, as well as his talents as radio show host and Master of Ceremonies. Andy Romanoff and Alaska Litho provided us again with our beautiful posters, and the local media helped us to get the word out about our event, especially KTOO and the Empire. Coop Preschool alum Lacey Ingalls was kind enough to run the sound, and the Centennial Hall staff - especially Phil and Charity - were very helpful in getting everything just right for our program. Extra special thanks to the seemingly endless talents of our preschool families, both parents and kids, who gave their time and energy to make this a really wonderful event. And, of course, thanks to all who attended. Hope to see you again next year.

Rhonda Jenkins Gardinier

ZIP coordinator

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