Angels pull off Thanksgiving dinner at Vets Hall

To the Editor:

We wish to thank the community members and businesses that helped make this Thanksgiving a special one at the John Haynes Memorial Hall in Garberville.

This year was especially challenging in many ways and we are so grateful for the assistance of the many businesses and volunteers who pulled together to make it happen.

We encourage you to patronize the following businesses; they are our local donors who helped the Garberville Veterans Association produce the 32nd annual community dinner this year.

Humboldt House Inn, Inn Of The Lost Coast, Evergreen Mini Storage, People’s Real Estate, The Branding Iron Saloon, Riverwood Inn, Napa Auto Parts, Sonia Baur, Karen Miclette Insurance, Herb Schwartz, Benbow Historic Inn, Mendes Mini Storage, John Horgan, Bruce Champie, Peter Stern, Roy Baker, Rotary Club of Garberville, Southern Humboldt Community Credit Union, Shelter Cove General Store, Bob and Sandy Harmeyer, Robert and Barbara Froehlich, Bob Bell and Joanne Pardini, Roberto’s Humboldt T’s, Garden Of Beadin’, John and Teresa Porter, Woodrose Cafe, Joyce Zane, Cadillac Wok, Cafe Bella, Shady Grove Mobile Home, Whitethorn Construction, Stitch-In-Time, Norma Lewis, Sylvandale Gardens, Rebecca Coker, Yours and Mine Full Service and Tanning Salon, PG&E, Mission Linen, Garberville Dairy, Tranquility Lane Florist, and Treats along with many wonderful, silent donors.

We also thank these members of our community who so kindly volunteered their time and energy to make the magic happen:

Stephanie Lucas, Susan Nachimson, Eli De Vita, Bruce Barkley, Sylvester Gobert, John Jennings, Patty Torbert, Jim Giffin, Larry and Connie Basquez, Will Kazakoff, Rainbow Mt. Walker, Deena Young, Edie Sobierg, Charles M., Wes De, Eore, Patti Rose, Leo Power, Kim Nelson, Daniel Schwister, Donovan Henry, Amy Tuss, Diane Bacigalupi, Bill, Tom Pietila, VFW commander Bruce Phelps and the vets for letting us take over their kitchen, and our own kitchen angel, Bobby Weiner.

We also wish to thank those kind souls who, either we didn’t have your name or you preferred to remain nameless, worked so hard to make this special event happen. From the decorating crew to the chefs and everyone else who helped to serve the feast to more than 350 guests, not to mention cleaning up after them, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

A special thanks to Richard Valentine who gathered together a great crew and delivered Thanksgiving Meals-on-Wheels to the seniors who were unable to attend.

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Cheery Kwanza, Happy Solstice, and Happy Ramadan to all.

We’ll see you at the Christmas celebration beginning at noon on Christmas Day. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. Parents should call 923-2638 and leave the names, the gender and the ages of children that will be attending.

Those who would like to help prepare the feast are encouraged to show up at 9 a.m. on the 24th especially with their sharp knives and aprons, prepared to work. Table setters, decorators and present wrappers ought to show at noon on the 24th, please bring your scissors.

All donations can be made to the GVA Turkey Fund Acct. #1837 at the Credit Union, or, delivered to Dr. Brian Ormond, or to Amie McClellan.

Again, we thank our community for helping us to spread the holiday cheer, Garberville Veterans Association, P.O. Box 133, Garberville, CA 95542.

Amie McClellan