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Community Thanks December 11, 2010

| December 12, 2010 8:00 PM

DONATE: 3,000 turkeys gathered

Once again I am awed and amazed at the generosity and heart of our community. After coffee with Carolyn Shewfelt, the manager of the Coeur d'Alene food bank, I came away determined to help her gather 3,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving. I went first to my Windermere family, and faithful generous friends, then asked the Coeur d'Alene Press if they could help get the word out! The rest is history! Not only did all the turkeys arrive in time, but thanks to the SUPER MAN of generosity Doug Parker, all those in need will have turkeys for Christmas Too!

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who purchased and delivered turkeys to the food bank. And thanks to the following friends that gave so faithfully. Lisa Arsenault, Dick and Jill Jurvelin, Evamae Kline, Alan and Lisa Lane, Pioneer Title, John Thomas and Amanda Sinclair, Joel and Karen Pearl, Duffy and Jennifer Smock, The Winderemere Foundation, Gene and Loretta Reed, Rich and Ann Dussell, Mike Peirce, The Bill Sturgeon Family, Dave Carpenter, Dan and Gina Stubbs, Dennis and Jackie Wheeler, Pat and Sandy Volkar, Cheryl Soltau, Janie Ward, Bev Gagner, Jan Jesberger, Laura Moog, Valarie Cheyne, Gina Canzoneri, Bean Tools, Coeur d'Alene Auto Parts, Josie Krann, Cathy Gebhart, Jim and Claudia Brennan, Becky Stafford, Steve Griffths, Mike McNamara, Randy and Nancy Henley, Dave Patterson, Mercile Goes, Wayne and Rita Stephens, First American Title, Tom and Sharon Powell, John and Joy Richards, Paul and Debbie Rich, James and Kristine Gray, Karen Hoff, Tracy Williams, the Rolph Family, Howard and Jose Keller, Bob and Connie Egerer, Lou and Patsy Barten, Carole Winn, Emily Dishman, Aaron and Jennifer Glynn, Dean and Mary Marcus, Gary and Lucinda Ade, Brian Simpson, Sonya Everson, Todd and Zetta Stam, Aspen Homes, Heather Bowlby, Richard Barclay, Antigone Twidt, Carolyn Shewfelt, Deborah Cordes, Ron and Vicky Houle, Jon and Cindy Hippler, Atchley Financial Group Inc., Nancy Sue Wallace, Rick Vernon, Bobby Freeman, Gratia Griffths, Platinum Mortgage, US Bank, Art and Nancy Flagan, John and Kathy Barlow, Kathryn Hunt, Mallory Rains, Tom Frankouich and Tami Haft.

Special thanks to Walmart, Costco, the Coeur d'Alene Press and Doug Parker, Parker Toyota.

Sincerely,

MIDGE SMOCK

Windermere/

CDA Realty

STREET: Winter problem fixed

My husband and I wish to publicly commend both Mr. Bob Foster and Mr. Jim Greenside of the Code Enforcement Department for the fast and efficient way they helped to resolve a yearly winter street problem we've been experiencing for a number of years.

We are proud to live in Coeur d'Alene and thank the Code Enforcement Department from the bottom of our hearts for handling our situation in such a caring and thoughtful way.

DONALD AND TEDDY JANE BURDICK

Coeur d'Alene

ZIPS: Service, food was perfect

Thank you to Melissa and the crew at Zips on Government Way. My grandson who has just returned from his third tour to Iraq was visiting here from Colorado Springs, Colo. I called 20 of our family for a quick get together at their grandpa's favorite Hamburger spot. We met at 6 p.m. for hugs, good food and farewell. Grandpa died 12 years ago, but he would be happy to know that's where we went. The service and food were perfect!

A Proud Grandma,

FLORENCE M. MORRISON

Coeur d'Alene

HOMELESSNESS: Week a success

During the week of Nov. 13-19, National Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week, St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho had a successful week of activities on our community. It all started Saturday night with the Knights of Columbus sponsoring a benefit Spaghetti Feed at St. Thomas Catholic. Two hundred showed up for Ted Carniero famous sauce. Thank you Ted, Norm Ridge, Mike Anderson and the Knights for putting on a successful event.

Volunteers from the community helped Monday through Friday with a Breakfast Soup Kitchen in front of the Coeur d'Alene Thrift Store. Daily we had 25-50 people served who needed a warm meal. Thank you Evening Rotary and Michelle Fink from the Sunrise Rotary, Keller-Williams, Salvation Army Kroc Center, AmericanWest Bank, and Holy Family Catholic School for supplying the volunteers and sponsoring the different days. Not only did you cook-up great food but you helped hand out more than 125 coats, and boxes of stocking caps, sleeping bags, blankets and gloves. Every morning was wet and near freezing. Thank you John Bruning for being there every morning and helping get everything set up.

Monday night was a beautiful vigil for the Homeless at Independence Point. A joint event with Cherished Ones Ministries, the event had more than 30 people there, standing in the wind and rain, but remembering those who have no home.

This year St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho put on a "symbolic" event for the community. The Souport the End of Homelessness at St. Pius was an amazing event. 509 people showed up to enjoy soups from 17 companies. We had 15 Celebrity Waiters and Waitresses and one victorious winner-the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department. More than $9,480 was raised to support St. Vincent de Paul's Warming Centers in Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene.

Thank you Soup Event committee members; Amanda Miller, Sharmon Schmitt, Keri Alexander, Michelle Fink, Jamie Morgan and Norm Ridge and a HUGE thank you to Chris Copstead for chairing this event and bringing together this amazing team. Thank you Soup Cooks; Michael D's Eatery, Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Troy & Jan Tymeson, Human Rights Education Institute, Sunrise Rotary of Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Denny and Kathy Davis, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, Kootenai Fire Department, Kootenai Title, North Idaho Title, Hospice of North Idaho, Keller-Williams, Panhandle State Bank, Pioneer Title, Mountain West Bank and LaCrosse Health & Rehab.

Thank you Celebrity Waiters and Waitresses; Mayor Sandy Bloem, Todd Christianson, Dan English, Mayor Clay Larkin, Chief Kevin Fuhr, Chief Kenny Gabriel, Senator John Goedde, Chief Scot Haug, Mayor Vic Holmes, Pam Houser, Chief Wayne Longo, Mike McDowell, Chief Ron Sampert, Roger Saterfiel, Commissioner Todd Tondee and Major Ben Wolfinger. And a BIG thank you to our event sponsors; Black Sheep Sporting Goods, Coeur d'Alene Press, Mountain West Bank, North Idaho Title, Great Harvest Bread Co., Coeur d'Alene Firefighters Local 710, Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Costco. You were the backbone of this success.

The message of the week was that St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho served 2,958 unduplicated and documented individuals between July 2009 and June 2010. We provide coffee and food in the HELP Center as a comfort and not a service. Between July 2009 and June 2010 the HELP Center recorded 13,537 services like a visit with the Dirne Clinic, free legal advice, a box of food, housing, sleeping bags, tents, shelter in either the Post Falls or Coeur d'Alene Warming Centers, or diapers.

For President John Bruning, my Board of Directors and my amazing staff, thank you for your support this year.

JEFF CONROY

Executive Director

SENIORS: Event was a success

On Site for Seniors staff, doctors, nurse practitioners, board members and event committee members wish to express our deepest gratitude to the many, many sponsors that made the first Home Tweet Home Tea event such a success. We also would like to thank the Lake City Senior Center for generously providing the event location and use of their facility.

The event was held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Lake City Senior Center. Guests enjoyed tea and appetizers while participating in silent and live auctions and viewing an informational presentation on the organization.

Without the generous support of our sponsors, On Site for Seniors would not have been able to accomplish our fundraising and event goals of developing community awareness and raising volunteer and financial support.

On Site for Seniors is a nonprofit medical corporation designed to meet the needs of seniors and their families in North Idaho. As a faith-based community service organization, we provide quality onsite care to seniors and disabled adults who have limited access to medical services.

The mission of On Site for Seniors is to meet the individual, physical, spiritual and medical needs of seniors in the community through onsite multidisciplinary assessment, education and ongoing treatment or referral and to equip seniors, their families, and caregivers with the tools, resources and partners needed to maintain vitality and purpose in life based on Christian truth.

Thank you for making this such an amazing event and we look forward to having tea with you again next year.

Sincerely,

ON SITE FOR SENIORS STAFF, DOCTORS AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS

BOARD MEMBERS

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