Letters to the Editor

Letters: Thank-yous from around SLO County

Thanks for the grant

The Central Coast Children’s Choir would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous grant award of $1,500 it received in December from the Central Coast Funds for Children. The award will help fund choir scholarships for children of need in San Luis Obispo County who desire to sing with their peers.

The members of Central Coast Funds for Children do an outstanding job of raising money to support the needs of children in our county. Because of their dedication to the area’s youth, members of Central Coast Funds for Children have raised and donated almost $900,000 to various children’s organizations since 1994. The Central Coast Children’s Choir is proud to be associated with such an exemplary and charitable organization.

Throughout San Luis Obispo County, 100 children currently sing with Central Coast Children’s Choir. In these challenging economic times, we have faced a greater need for scholarship assistance than ever before. Thanks to the generosity of Central Coast Funds for Children, we have been able to meet that scholarship need to a greater degree, which results in the beautiful and joyous sound of children singing.

Susan Greenaway

Central Coast Children’s Choir board member

Salvation Army says thanks

What a great community we have in Los Osos-Baywood Park. As you all know, the Salvation Army’s familiar red kettles landed in front of Vons and Ralphs in Los Osos this Christmas season.

There were 196 two-hour shifts (20 more than last season) from Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. The Los Osos-Baywood Park community responded with willing “bell ringer volunteers.”

Howard Myers, our 99-year-old People Helping People volunteer, took on four shifts. After many years of service to our country and People Helping People, Myers is still enthusiastic about helping his less fortunate neighbors.

People Helping People volunteers and the communities of Los Osos-Baywood park can be very proud indeed as we report that your generosity brought us to a new high mark of $11,703.60.

All donations assist the less fortunate of our local communities. Thank you to all the willing volunteer bell ringers, generous donors and Vons and Ralphs.

See you again during the upcoming holiday season!

Len Soldano

Coordinator, Los Osos-Baywood Park

Thanks for storm help

In the height of the storm on Jan. 18, an old-growth eucalyptus tree fell across the roadway, taking the high power lines and phone lines with it. It also completely blocked our driveway.

Before long, the California Highway Patrol and County/Cal Fire were on the scene. They called for help from the County Public Works Department. During the passing week, the county tree crew and road crew became our personal unsung heroes. These men worked diligently in the face of adversity to clear the road and our driveway.

They were so reassuring to us by saying everything was going to be all right. Within a few days, it was taken care of. I have since learned how few men we have on these two crews and that they take care of this entire county. They are amazing and deserve a giant “bouquet.”

We are so thankful to have these men available when emergencies arrive.

Lloyd Hines

Arroyo Grande

Thanks to Cal Poly Athletics

Thank you to Cal Poly Athletics from the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department.

On Jan. 23, Cal Poly hosted a Morro Bay Rec Day, allowing all participants in the Estero Bay Youth Basketball League an opportunity to go watch the Cal Poly men’s basketball team take on Cal State Northridge, free of charge.

The kids adored the opportunity and cherished the moment, whether they got their pictures taken with the Cal Poly Cheer and Dance teams prior to tip off or they got to go out onto the court and high five the starters, they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The junior high school boys teams got the chance to play at halftime in front of 2,741 screaming fans at Mott Gym (Cal Poly’s gym was more than 90 percent full). As you can imagine, it was quite an experience! After the game, the kids that stayed got signed autographs from the players themselves.

Coach Joe Callero is really doing some fine things with his program at Cal Poly and I cannot begin to express my sincere gratitude towards him and his team.

Thank you Cal Poly Athletics on behalf of the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks staff and kids.

Amanda Mobley

Sports Coordinator

Thanks from SARP

The Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County was recently awarded a $1,500 grant by the Central Coast Funds for Children. This grant will support the Center’s prevention education services; specifically groups designed for middle school girls and boys. These groups focus on violence prevention, healthy behaviors and positive bystander intervention. They meet weekly for several months, allowing for real change in attitudes and beliefs, which lead to long-term behavior changes.

CCFC is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to benefit children in need of special services in San Luis Obispo County. They have no paid staff and all activities are run by volunteers. Funds are raised through individual and business donations, as well as special fundraising events. These funds are distributed to organizations through a grant process.

The SARP Center has received funding from CCFC for the past four years. Their support is invaluable in maintaining our ongoing programs serving children in the community. We thank CCFC for their commitment to children and their continued support of local programs.

Jennifer Adams

Executive Director, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County

Generosity will help local children

I wish to express my deepest appreciation and thanks for the generosity of several individuals and organizations whose recent donations and grant awards have assisted the San Luis Obispo Child Development Center.

Central Coast Funds for Children awarded the center a grant to be able to purchase therapeutic intervention hours for our families in crisis as well as new playground equipment.

With therapeutic intervention and updated equipment for safe play, our staff and Board of Directors remain committed to our mission of being dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse in our community by providing a network of prevention, intervention and treatment services to protect children and to heal, support and strengthen families.

Best to you and our generous community in the new year.

Terri Kurczewski

Executive Director, San Luis Obispo Child Development Center

Thanks to bird fest volunteers

We greatly appreciate the coverage The Tribune has given to the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. Your publicity helps get the word out about this unique event that brings winter visitors to our area. Folks should also check out our newly redesigned Web site: www.morrobaybirdfestival.org.

One important point missing from the recent articles is the fact that the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is primarily run by volunteers. Nearly all of the expert field trip and workshop leaders, the people who work during the festival and the board members that oversee it are volunteers who generously give their time and energy to make it a success. A huge “thank you” to all them — without them, there would be no festival.

Marlys McPherson

Chair, Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Thanks from local libraries

Here’s an end of the year “thank you” to all those who have quietly enriched our lives this year with support for our public libraries. We’ve all gained knowledge, information, entertainment and better citizenship from the contributions of so many individuals and groups:

  • Hundreds of library volunteers, giving time to their libraries every day.
  • Friends of the Libraries, providing core support to local library branches.
  • The Literacy Council and its hundreds of volunteers, helping to create new readers.
  • The library staff, juggling community needs and shrinking budgets.
  • Our elected officials, showing they value libraries even in times of economic crisis.
  • Donors, volunteers, participants and sponsors of the Central Coast Book and Author Festival.
  • The Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries, advocating and fundraising for our libraries since 1997.
  • Countless individuals, firms and organizations, donating funds, book sale items, in-kind contributions, time, space and energy.

Let’s keep working together to sustain this precious community resource for ourselves and our posterity. A great county deserves great libraries.

Robert E. Alberti

President of the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries

More thanks from Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of San Luis Obispo County would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the communities for supporting our annual bell ringing campaign. We are especially thankful for the many businesses that allowed our kettles at their locations. We appreciate not only the businesses, but the customers that support those businesses.

We thank Kennedy Club Fitness and their sponsors American General Media, Charter Communications and New Times as well as their customers for sponsoring a kettle and food drive and sponsoring an angel tree.

We give special thanks to KSBY for holding a countywide toy drive for the tenth year, along with their sponsors SESLOC and Carl’s Jr. We would not be able to provide gifts without their help. We also thank Toys for Tots for providing toys to several locations as well.

We were blessed again to have hundreds of volunteers ringing bells, delivering and picking up kettles, counting, scheduling, making reminder call and packing food boxes and toys. We are blessed to live in such a caring and giving community. We sincerely thank you for your generous support.

Beth Quaintance

The Salvation Army, San Luis Obispo County field representative

Thanks from Sunny Acres

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many supporters who have gone out of their way to help Sunny Acres this year.

Luther Acers has given unselfishly of his time and energy. Jeff Stulberg for his diligent work on our legal issues. Steve Sistler from Albertson’s gives generously to our dining hall all year long.

Neil Tardiff for his caring and understanding in the courtroom. Matt Lombardini has taken on the daunting task of pulling the community together to see this through. Cynthia Hawley has been a godsend with her legal work. Carrie Burton, for her support and for never giving up.

Charlie and Terri Main and their beautiful holiday gift bags for our residents. Betty Woody continually bringing us jackets and clothing. Dave Congalton for allowing us to come on time and again on his radio show to try to make some sense out of it all. And to my parents, siblings and sons, who patiently listen to my story over and over again.

And thanks to hundreds of folks for your calls, letters, visits and offers of help. May the New Year bring us all hope and understanding.

Becky Jorgeson

Public Relations for Sunny Acres Inc.

Thanks from Toys for Tots

Thank you, San Luis Obispo. Once again you have come through for our needy children. Toys for Tots collected more than 6,300 toys for our partner agencies to gift to 1,400 children.

In addition to the thousands of toy donors, there are several major donors to be acknowledged: the always faithful San Luis Garbage Company for the donation and assembly of 150 bikes plus helmets; Madonna Enterprises for the bike assembly space. Also to be commended are Zion Lutheran Church, Sinsheimer Elementary School, Madonna Inn, Cal Poly College of Business and Therapy for their extraordinary efforts.

Also joining in this remarkable effort were the social agencies that undertook the huge job of seeing that the children received the toys: The Salvation Army, San Luis Obispo Housing Authority, CASA, Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, Catholic Charities, People’s Self Help, Women’s Shelter and the Homeless Overflow.

We are so proud of all of you. The children and the Marines thank you.

John Wolcott

San Luis Obispo Toys for Tots

Thanks to SLO Moose Lodge

I would like to thank the San Luis Moose Lodge for once again opening their doors to Friends of SLOCO Access (people in wheelchairs).

This is the third year that the Lodge has allowed us to have our yearly Christmas party at their facility.

They completely decorate the hall and allow us to bring in our own food, even helping us with setup, and will not allow us to pay.Things are difficult for all the local clubs this year and doing this is huge.

Thank you Moose Lodge.

Mae MacDonald

Friends of SLOCO Access

Thanks to PG&E crews

Thanks to PG&E’s transmission crew for the great work they did for our area on Jan. 19. In the pouring rain and wind, Randy Fulmer, Richard Spinola, Greg Raymond, Rick Reyes and Mike Roben replaced two power poles and restored power.

It took nine hours without a break. They are a very professional group and we are lucky to have them in our county.

Mark Plassard

Arroyo Grande

Kids appreciated pajamas

I would like to send a big holiday cheer out to Central Coast Funds for Children who coordinated with Golden One Credit Union and K-JUG radio station to collect more than 500 pairs of pajamas for kids in need. I am a therapist with San Luis Obispo County Mental Health and coordinator of Abused Children’s Treatment Services. We were the recipients of 75 pajamas and had the great pleasure of giving the children we work with an early Christmas present.

One 16-year-old boy told us he had not had a new pair of pajamas since he was eight years old. All of the children and their parents were very grateful. Thank you to everyone in the community that donated to this wonderful cause.

Kit Sinner

San Luis Obispo