Thank you, Salvation Army

All year I gather my pennies, dimes and nickels in a bank, and the first week of December, I bring them to a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. I will never forget when we were young and living in Canada; my mom and us seven kids were left without our father.

The Salvation Army took care of us: brought us winter and summer clothes, paid for us to go to summer camp, brought us food and never forgot us on Christmas. To me, they're one of my heroes. I just wish I could do more to give back for all they did for us. May God bless them always. Thank you for everything.

Sonia O'Brien, Santa Cruz

Serving our community

Thank you to all the emergency service workers who spent their Christmas away from their families in the service of our community.

This Christmas evening one of my family members desperately needed immediate advanced medical attention.

Thanks to promptness of the dispatchers at the Santa Cruz Regional 911 Center and to the rapid response of the Santa Cruz Fire Department and the ambulance provider, American Medical Response, my brother was whisked away to Dominican Hospital where the emergency room doctors and staff assuredly saved his life. The professionalism of all involved in this event was noticed and it is greatly appreciated.

Again, thank you to all the dispatchers, law, fire, EMS and hospital workers who work 24/7, regardless of what day it is.


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John Justice, Santa Cruz

Holiday cards a treasure

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I saw the reprinted Eyvind Earle Holiday Cards at the United Nations Store at 903 Pacific Ave.

What a treasure Pat Arnold has made available to Santa Cruz. These images from the 1930s have been beautifully reprinted at Mission Printers and have been on sale at the UNA store with all proceeds benefiting the United Nations Association.

Carin Hanna, Santa Cruz

Foundation celebrates anniversary

The Diversity Center would like to whole-heartedly congratulate the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County on their 30th anniversary. The Foundation, not unlike the Diversity Center, was founded in order to better the lives of people in our area.

Unique to the Community Foundation, however, is their successful legacy of fundraising and fund-giving as the philanthropic nexus for many local programs supporting disaster relief, health promotion, economic development, affordable housing, cultural expression and community improvement.

The Diversity Center's mission is to enhance lives and promote fairness for LGBT people in Santa Cruz County. Since 2005, the Community Foundation has supported us through their general grants pool, the Diversity Partnership Committee and many donor advised funds.

We are thriving, which means our community is thriving -- in no small part to the philanthropic support of the Community Foundation. We thank you for your support and wish you a very happy 30th anniversary.

Adam Spickler, Diversity Center board president, Santa Cruz

Grey Bears serves wonderful dinner

As a senior and member of Grey Bears, I would like to thank them for a wonderful Christmas dinner. The little show was just as good. Even though the storm was going on, the seniors braved the weather to enjoy a really great treat from Grey Bears.

Thanks also to the staff and the wonderful volunteers!

You seniors out there that are not members are missing out on a very good organization that has many benefits going for them.

Colleen Del Carlo, Soquel