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Canyon Ridge senior thanks community

Thank you, thank you, thank you. For my senior project, I hosted a fun run event at CSI to collect shoes for suffering children in Malawi, Africa. I also went to local businesses asking them for donations to help with the cost of shipping. I was amazed to see how giving our community is. I’d like to thank all of you.

I couldn’t have made this event possible without the help and encouragement of my mentor Lorinda Horner. Thank you to our neighbors at the Twin Falls Reformed Church; to the sponsors who gave us donations; and to the people and businesses who donated gift certificates and items for the event.

Thank you to the following contributors: Drew Simmons; Falls Orthodontics; Sharis; Chick-Fil-A; Immanuel Luthern Church; Twin Falls Reformed Church; and KEZJ. I especially want to thank Brad Wieser at KEZJ — he was very supportive and helped me get the word out about my event; he was also very generous and donated many gift cards and certificates. I used them as incentives to have people come participate in the run. The success of this important event for the children in Malawi, Africa, is shared by many, so thank you everyone.

Mackenzie McBride

Twin Falls

Thank you for Festival of Lights Parade

Travis Quast and team at the Times-News — Wow, what a wonderful Festival of Lights Parade. All that I have heard for the past few days is how incredible a kickoff to the holiday season the parade was. After three years on the Project Advisory Committee for the Main Avenue Redevelopment Project, we could not have picked a better way to welcome the community back to beautiful downtown Twin. I can’t speak for the entire committee, but I am sure they would agree — it was great seeing the smiling faces lining Main Avenue again.

This week’s Big Story by Heather Kennison on the project was great. Yes, we had tough days; but throughout the project, business survived and thrived with the excitement. We have seen renewed community gatherings, additional shops and businesses and very happy people. Looking ahead to summer, we look forward to the return of the Twin Falls Tonight Concerts, to the Downtown Commons, to wonderful nights of outdoor dining and to early morning walks through downtown Twin.

Thank you for supporting downtown Twin.

Tony Prater

Twin Falls

Thank you from Minidoka Health Care Foundation 

As the 19th annual Caring & Sharing Tree Festival came to a close, I was reminded of the tremendous amount of generosity that this wonderful community has to offer. I am humbled and deeply grateful to each of you who has touched my life and the lives of many others by giving of yourself for the good of Mini-Cassia.

The talented people who live here and take their time to prepare trees and Christmas items — and then donate them to the festival — are such an inspiration to me. Each of you who come and share your musical talents at the festival is always a very special treat to see. The amazing people who continue to support our cause by purchasing the items donated — often times sending the items purchased to total strangers — tells me that we live in a great place. Of course, events like this can’t happen without the many volunteers who take their time to help us set up and decorate the civic building for all too enjoy. The task of delivering the trees and Christmas items is not easy in itself; the Rupert Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Rupert have made this task seem simple. Much credit given to Rick and Pat Bollar for the countless hours they spent coordinating the deliveries. The local business community that sponsors each of the events during our four-day celebration is truly appreciated for what it is always so willing to give; even during times of financial burden, our local businesses step up to the plate and help make events like this happen for all of us to enjoy.

The money raised at Caring & Sharing is used for health related causes in Mini-Cassia. Your donations and participation in this event have helped in many different areas — all of which helped make a difference in someone’s life. I admire each of you for what you do for others, and I commend you for making health in Mini-Cassia a priority. I thank you so much for helping to make the Caring & Sharing Tree Festival a successful event for all to enjoy. Thank you again to each and every one of you who makes The Caring & Sharing Tree Festival a true community event. Merry Christmas to each of you and a very Happy New Year.

Tammy Hanks

Executive director, Minidoka Health Care Foundation

Ageless Senior Center thanks St. Luke's

The Ageless Senior Center in Kimberly is very thankful for recent grant funds awarded by St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund, whose goal is to improve the health of communities it serves. Due to decreased federal funds, rising food costs and regulatory requirements, it would be more difficult for us to fulfill our mission of “nourishing body and soul” in the Kimberly-Hansen communities without the assistance of this outstanding partner. 

The center also expresses sincere gratitude for the recent award of a community block grant aimed at making much-needed building improvements. Thanks go to Dennis Porter with the Department of Commerce; John Craner for taking time to make a site visit; and Kathy Utley and Drew McGuire with Region IV Development for guiding and submitting the grant application. The City of Kimberly was the sponsoring agency — special mention goes to Craig Eckles and Roxanne Bynum for their time and effort. Recognition for a job well done to: Roberts Roofing for the new roof; BS&R and Jeramy for the superior work done to upgrade the kitchen and walk-in cooler with required stainless steel walls and cabinets; Sweet’s Plumbing; and Goetzen Electric for going the extra mile on our behalf. As always, the Rock Creek Fire District demonstrated their commitment to community by volunteering on a Sunday to replace water-damaged ceiling tiles. These building improvements mean the Ageless Senior Center can continue to serve seniors in the Kimberly-Hansen area or many years to come. On behalf of site manager Bonnie Peter, kitchen manager Lisa Haggan, the entire board of directors and all participants — many thanks.

Nancy Duncan

Board president, Ageless Senior Center

The Letters of Thanks column will publish letters of up to 200 words from:

Organizations thanking contributors or supporters.

Individuals thanking public agencies and businesses for extraordinary service.

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