Christmas Eve benefactor gladdened the heart

I would like to thank the very kind lady who paid for my purchases at Fred Meyer on Monday, Dec. 24.

As I was preparing to write my check, the cashier told me that my purchases had been paid for. I turned to find you, but you were gone! Oh, how I wish I could have thanked you in person!

I hope the year 2013 is kind to you, as you were to me.

Judith Perry, Corvallis

Fall Festival Run 2012 was a run/walk for everyone

The Kiwanis Noon Club would like to thank everyone who signed up for this year’s Fall Festival Run/Walk. Your support allowed Kiwanis to help more than 40 local organizations that help children and families.

Appreciation goes to our very generous sponsors: Duerksen & Associates Inc., Heresco Chiropractic, Corvallis Family Medicine, ENCORE Physical Therapy, Samaritan Health Services, Block 15, Fitness Over 50, Benton County School Credit Union, Citizens Bank, Corvallis Sports Park, Korvis Automation, Teel’s Travel Planners, Timberhill Athletic Club, Woodstock’s Pizza, 5 Star Sports, Home Depot, Harvest Bread, Trader Joe’s, Pepsi-Corvallis and Market of Choice.

Thank you to all of you who donated numerous raffle items and to the volunteers who helped to make the Fall Festival Run/Walk exceptional! Next year’s Fall Festival Run is Sept. 29 — mark your calendars.

Becki Goslow and Josh Ort, Fall Festival Run co-chairs

Celtic Christmas concert had a chorus of supporters

Friends of the Family Ministries would like to thank sponsors of our Dec. 6 Celtic Christmas concert: State Farm Agents Michael Berrey, Vernon Johnson, Dan Jones, Jim Kuhlman, Jeff Mills, Suzanne Roppe, Doug Tomlinson, and Ken St. Pierre as well as HOPE 107.9FM, John & Phil’s, Leadership Link, Clay Dluehosh of Edward Jones, TnT Builders, Corvallis Cyclery, Gerding Cos. Inc., Keith and Cindy Lampi, Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home, Fitzpatrick Painting, Powell Construction, Corvallis Knights Baseball, Stuewe & Sons, Citizens Bank, Wilma Hull, Les Schwab (south Corvallis), Orezona Building Co, Dennis and Charlene Smallwood, Wilson Motors, Woodstock’s Pizza Parlor, Albany Weed Man, First Alternative Co-op, Dr. Cam Little, 9th Street Salon, Smith Glass, Tax & Wealth Management, The Thank You People and Tunnel Radio.

Thanks also to Marci B Photography, Rush Hour Video Services, University Hero and countless volunteers who generously gave their time and energy. We appreciate you all!

Cindy Crook, Friends of the Family Ministries

Library’s holiday book sale brought in $2,400 total

Many thanks to all who were part of the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale. The sale netted more than $2,400 this year to support programs and services at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and branches.

Many contributed their time and energy to make the sale happen. A big thank you to everyone who donated books throughout the year, and to the sorting crew and pricing staff who selected and priced the books. We appreciate — as always — the generous support of library staff. We also are grateful to those who volunteered their time for the sale: Wendy Boyd, Andy Chiappisi, Courtney Childs, Martha Fraundorf, Katherine Inman, Ray William, Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 20142, and members of the Friends of the Library Board.

Marlys Amundson, Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Grace Center a miraculous resource for adults in need

Although this is not a paid advertisement, in my opinion it should be because it is a report on — and a tribute to — The Grace Center for Adult Day Services at 980 N.W. Spruce Ave., half a block east of Highland and the Osborn Aquatic Center.

I wish to report on the center’s nearly miraculous good deeds — deeds accomplished daily, faithfully by the outstanding staff and the administrator. As a beneficiary of their remarkable competence and compassion, I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Joseph G. West, Corvallis

Many Hands Trading’s generosity fed the hungry

Linn Benton Food Share would like to express our appreciation to Many Hands Trading and to its customers for their wonderful support during their November Day of Caring. Food Share received $1,835 from the day’s receipts, as well as an additional $66 from direct customer donations.

Linn Benton Food Share will use these funds to support our Fresh Alliance and Food Rescue trucks — accessing close-to-pull date nutritious foods from local grocery stores and prepared, but not served, foods from Oregon State University dining halls. These high-quality food products are then shared with our local emergency pantries and soup kitchens to help address food insecurity in Linn and Benton counties.

The Day of Caring at Many Hands Trading is a great addition to our community.

Mike Gibson, Linn Benton Food Share

CARDV clients warmly offered support this season

We have much to celebrate, as our community has embraced survivors of domestic and sexual assault this holiday season.

A huge thank you to the many volunteers and organizations that have collected toys, bedding, toiletries and donations for clients of Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).

Thank you to Many Hands Trading and Best Cellars Coffeehouse for their events benefiting CARDV clients. Thank you also to the many donors who dropped off toys and gifts for our Holiday Gift program.

Finally, thank you to the donors of the Adopt-A-Room program for supplying bedding and “Welcome to Shelter” kits for our clients. The warm support of the community is greatly appreciated and enables CARDV to provide services over the past 30 years. Thank you residents of Linn and Benton counties!

Toni Ryan, Corvallis

Christmas came early to Community Outreach

Dec. 15 was a very busy day at Community Outreach. The day began with former shelter client Phillip Ramirez, the owner of Corvallis Fresh Fades, bringing a complete barber/beauty salon to our community room. Philip and his crew of volunteers from Phagan’s Beauty School provided free haircuts to over 50 shelter client family members. Thanks, Phillip and the Phagan’s gang.

That afternoon brought members of the Oregon State football team, bringing gifts and putting on a holiday party for the families and children in the shelter. What an amazing group of young men. The interaction between the children and the team was heartwarming. Thanks, Beavers and best of luck in San Antonio. You made the holidays special for some very deserving kids.

Ron Thiesen, Community Outreach

Philomath Performing Arts outdid themselves Dec. 17

On Monday, Dec. 17, the Philomath Jazz Band, Concert Band and Choir gave their winter concert without their director, Dr. Dan Johnson. Their director had a recent urgent surgery. He was in attendance but was unable to take an active role in the scheduled performance.

The students decided that despite not having their director to lead them, the show must go on! The students performed, admirably directed by three of their peers. The true measure of a leader is in observing the group as they go on without him/her. This group of fine young men and women did just that. They are a credit to the leadership of Dr. Dan Johnson, the Philomath High school and our community.

Tina Thurman, Philomath

Donated catering services made holiday party merry

The staff at Heartland Humane Society would like to send a big “Thank you!” to Darren Durando, a generous server at the local Pastini Pastaria restaurant. Darren donated catering services to the Heartland staff for the annual holiday party. Heartland staff and family members enjoyed exquisite pasta dishes while taking in a relaxing evening from all the hard work performed around the shelter. Thank you, Darren, for thinking of the hard-working staff who care for animals in our community.

Lauren Garcia, Heartland Humane Society

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