Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002

Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates bank employees

The Forget-Me-Not Care Center would like to offer a tremendous thank you to the employees of the Credit Union One in Soldotna. Credit Union One held a two-week garage sale extravaganza on behalf of the Forget-Me-Not Care Center.

The Forget-Me-Not Care Center provides a day program for our community's frail older adults and for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Forget-Me-Not, a United Way agency, is a division of Central Peninsula Counseling Services. Response to Credit Union One's fund-raiser was enthusiastic, and enough money was raised to purchase art and activity supplies for the older adults Forget-Me-Not serves.

Special thanks go to Credit Union One employees April, Brandy, Erica, Eve, Karen, Mary, Nicki, Sarah, Shannon and Wendy.

Linda Huhndorf, director

Forget-Me-Not Care Center

Love INC celebrates 15 years of meeting community needs

Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula celebrated 15 years of work here in our community on April 6 at our annual fund-raiser dinner, which raised $10,300. I would like to recognize those who contributed to this successful event:

Unocal, for its financial support to purchase food for our 120 guests; Fred Meyer, for donating our 15-year anniversary cake; Carrs Quality Center, for donating a flower arrangement; Agrium, for allowing the use of its kitchen equipment; Cook Inlet Processors, for donating fish for our main course; Soldotna Bible Chapel, for the use of their church.

Leroy Heinrich and his team of cooks: Gloria Blume, Eric and Bonnie Labor, Mike and Sherry Scanlon, and Christopher Heinrich provided another delicious dinner.

Our theme song, "Prepare The Way," and other music was beautifully presented by Bob Nath with accompaniment by his son Adam and sound system operated by Scott Page. A team of people from Peninsula Grace -- Carmen Franchino, Rory Espy, Kate Gelinas, Jeannie McNutt and Pastor Dan Thornton -- presented power point presentations: "Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula -- A 15 Year Celebration" and "Suffer The Children."

Pastor Alan Humphries was our Master of Ceremony, and the following individuals hosted our guests; Chelsea Berry, Nelma Cole, Katherine DeLacee, Pastor Phil and Ingrid Edgerly, Stacey Espy, Marcia Heinrich, Pastor Mike and Melody Hicks, Coline Kivi, Rob Knapp, Angelique Maier, Tracy McBride, Mark and Joyce Moldenhauer, Pastor Jim and Audrey Pearson, Elizabeth Scarlett, Debbie Sonberg, Suzi Thornton, Jill Tyler, Frank Wolaver and Richard and Lynda Yoder.

In 2001, Love INC acted as a clearinghouse, linking up 1,105 needs requested by neighbors with help from 49 churches. It began breakfast programs in two elementary schools, sponsored a worship event enjoyed by 1,500 people, and partnered with the churches participating in the "Marriage Savers" Program, more than tripling the value of every dollar given to our work.

A big thank you to each of you for helping Love INC prepare the way for the work ahead in the year 2002.

Janine Espy, executive director,

Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula

Curves for Women food drive most successful in food bank history

Congratulations to Peg Saam and the Soldotna Curves For Women for conducting the most successful food drive in the 15-year history of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

As part of a nationwide effort, Curves For Women conducts an annual food drive to benefit local food banks. This year, the ladies from the Soldotna Curves For Women collected an astounding 3,134 pounds of food to help feed the hungry in our community.

The willpower of the ladies who donated the food is an amazing example of caring and commitment to helping others. It is hard to imagine exercising with the distraction of more than 1 1/2 tons of food sitting nearby. Congratulations on your extraordinary accomplishment.

We would also like to thank Charlene Hanson and Tresha Jackson of the Kenai Curves For Women for their food drive that resulted in the collection 902 pounds of food for the hungry. Although the food drive started late in the month, the ladies from the Kenai Curves For Women were quick to give from their hearts.

The kindness and compassion shown by the Soldotna and Kenai ladies is a wonderful blessing to those who will benefit from their generosity. Combined, the Curves For Women food drives will provide 2,691 meals to the hungry. Thank you for caring.

Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Peggy Moore, executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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