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Words of gratitude from near and far

The Family Council at the Hood River Care Center writes: “We would like to extend a most sincere thank you to those who generously donated birdseed, craft items, beauty items, and bingo prizes to our residents at the Hood River Care Center during the Christmas season.

“There were lots of birdseed donations. One individual dropped off 10 50-pound bags and didn’t leave their name.

“This made Bill Barnett, our volunteer who fills the bird feeder, so happy.

“We now have birdseed stored in two different garages.

“Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be enjoyed in the days to come.

“Happy New Year!”

Debbie, Carol, Marci, Rachel, Liz, and Alan, Family Council, HRCC

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The residents and staff of The Parkhurst House Assisted Living write: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Hood River County’s fire departments for their wonderful holiday lights parade.

“It is nice to know that we reside in a county that has such extremely dedicated and compassionate first responders who most of which volunteer their time to protect and serve our county residents.

“We applaud you!

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Riverside Community Church recently received a thank you note from inmates involved in the Parenting Inside Out program. For the fourth year in 2012, the church provided toys and books for inmates enrolled in the PIO to give to their children over the holidays. The items were collected by the Riverside Community Church November through December and later donated to the program, at Columbia River Correctional Institution in northeast Portland.

The PIO membership board wrote, “Your continued generosity toward helping the kids of incarcerated men and women is deeply appreciated! We have been able to share the books with three prisons.

“The kids have been so excited to get cool, new books. And the incarcerated moms and dads are so proud to be able to give the gift of reading to their kids. Thank you!”

Here are selected comments from inmates:

“Thank you very much, your kindness will never be forgotten. Reading is an important part of children’s life. PIO has taught me so much, God Bless you.

— Steve McCutchen

“My daughter is an avid reader. Thank you for the books.”

— Scott Sims

“Thank you so much for your support, I am so grateful for you, and my children will benefit from it later. God bless you.”

— Tracy M.

“Thank you for your time and generosity. We truly value and appreciate your presence at our PIO events.”

— Joshua Arney

“Everything you do to help is appreciated not only by us but by children on a level that can’t be expressed by words. Thank You.”

— Zach

“For you all, I’m so grateful in this class of PIO. I’m learning so much of what I missed out on as a kid, so that I can better my daughter’s life. Thank you so much.”

—Mr. Pedigo

“Thank you so much; for a day I felt human.”

— Braden

“Thank you for all you’ve done. For all the toys and help you give us.”

—Brent

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