Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

... for making our Thanksgiving wonderful

The patrons of The Glory Hole thank the following businesses and individuals for making our Thanksgiving holiday a wonderful one:

U.S. Forest Service, for collecting more than 1,700 pounds of food for our food boxes; Bartlett Regional Hospital, for their food and fund drive; Brownie and Daisy Troops 36 of Douglas, for conducting a food drive for us; Fred Meyer's, Superbear, and Alaskan and Proud supermarkets, for giving us discounts on food box items; The UAS Alumni Association, for a wonderful financial contribution to our turkey fund; Rainbow Foods, for keeping a Glory Hole donation jar on its checkout counter; Donna the "pie lady," for donating many tinfoil pans for the food boxes; Dick Hand and staff at Alaska Seafood Company, for cooking and delivering our turkeys on Thanksgiving Day; Students from Ms. Kreigmont's World History class at JDHS, for making our pumpkin pies; Sunny Israelson and Gordy Williams, for helping with our Thanksgiving brunch; The many individuals in our community, for all the food and financial contributions that helped us have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

With these donations, we were able to provide more than 160 Thanksgiving food boxes for people wanting to feast at home with family and friends. Murray Damitio and staff at the Hangar on the Wharf and the Salvation Army deserve the biggest thank you for serving a delicious turkey dinner to more than 400 community members, and for offering the leftovers to The Glory Hole for our turkey sandwich dinner.

We also thank the Juneau Rotary Club for its recent contribution of more than 50 winter coats to keep patrons warm; the combined Rotary Clubs of Juneau, for many pairs of warm winter boots; and the National Honor Society of JDHS for holding a winter clothing drive on our behalf.

We will be distributing Christmas dinner food boxes on December 22-24. The Glory Hole is participating in the multi-agency program co-sponsored by REACH and the Juneau Homebuilders Association this year. To ensure that all participating agencies benefit equally, we request that financial contributions for the holiday food boxes be made in one of the following ways:

• Mailing a check to HBA of Juneau, 1900 Crest Street, Suite 204, Juneau AK 99801;

• Calling 463-5774 to make a credit card donation;

• Depositing directly into the "HBA of Juneau - Builders Care Xmas Boxes" account at any Wells Fargo bank.

For those who want to contribute directly to The Glory Hole, we are especially in need of items for men (sizes medium, large and extra large), including winter hats, socks, gloves, boots and flannel shirts; women's items including boots, socks, hats and gloves; and some toys for children. We would also appreciate donations of wrapping paper and tape, so that we can make sure everyone gets a wrapped gift.

Again, The Glory Hole thanks the community of Juneau for its warm support of those in need during the holidays, both past and future.

Jetta Whittaker

executive director

... for helping with lights on a cold afternoon

Thank you to Chief Todd Kollar and the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department with Douglas Electric's boom truck for stringing and hooking up the lights on a very cold Sunday afternoon. Thank you to the Douglas Community Methodist Church for use of their lovely tree and power source.

In a heavy snow, about 200 people came out to celebrate this annual event. Joleen Lewis and Harold Pence put up barricades to close off Third Street between E and F and directed traffic around the street. Before and after the event, the Douglas Community Methodist Men furnished cider, percolator punch, cookies and candy canes. The Girls Scouts helped served the refreshments. Magnificent in their long coats, Laurie and Doug Gardner played the bagpipes. Reverend Ron Covey gave the invocation. Douglas 4th of July President Pat Peterson welcomed people. Assembly member Merrill Stanford turned the tree lights on. The heavy snow on the roof turned them off a few times. Boy Scouts under Neil Nesheim and Girl Scouts under Billie Jo Gehring sang carols. Juneau Tuba Ensemble, with Ken Guiher directing, played carols and the audience joined in singing. To brass and bagpipe music, everyone wished a Merry Christmas.

People visited while listening to the music and having punch, then headed to the Arena.

Treadwell Arena staff decorated the ice rink with boughs, trees, ribbons and lights. Families arrived at 7:45 p.m. to skate with Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Douglas 4th of July Committee, children under 12 were invited to skate free. There were about 200 people, many in holiday costumes on ice to holiday music. On St. Anne's sliding hill above the Arena there were more than 30 children sledding. Thank you to Steve Foster for suiting up and skating with the children.

It was a happy snowy night in Douglas!

Susanne Williams

Tree Committee

Douglas 4th of July Committee

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