Sunshine Letter: Truckee, I am so proud to call you home
This is way overdue, but between my computer dying when I went to start my thank you list, and life getting in the way — a new knee — well, here goes.
The residents of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, and especially me, Clarence-as2, need to thank the people of Truckee for all that you have done for us.
It takes a village to make such wonderful things happen for the seniors here. Without you, I would be lost. YOU are my heroes.
To all my elves out there, and you know who you are, I couldn’t pull these events off without your generosity. To the businesses and organizations who helped (there are so many), I am humbly in your debt.
To list a few … Jason from Squaw, who became my legs while mine were in the repair shop; White Buffalo, Cabona’s, Safeway, Sears and Charlie Riley, Gratitude’s, and don’t forget The Ritz — or the Lahontan ladies and gentlemen.
There’s also Mountain High BNI — Jim, Tim, and KK made my Holidays! The Sunrise and Noon Rotaries; especially Jason, you blew me away (was I dreaming) and Doug at Mountain Hardware. Wondrous things happen when you have a tune up on your body.The tree guys and gals; BOOTS and Carl at Tahoe Tech (BNI’s generosity had something to do with it too) for giving me the smallest computer I have ever seen!
Then there is Paul Spencer and the very patient Truckee Police for rescuing us, when the power went out, as we are all electric and it gets cold very quickly.
To the Ritz-Carlton and the Tahoe Forest Church kids, along with the kids from the Expeditionary School, and Mrs. F’s class …WOW, we had enough chocolate and valentines for everyone, including Meals on Wheels and ECC. The joy you spread by paying it forward, was inspiring.
And lastly, on a personal note: to Art and Jason Lopez, and to my “go to” and “get home” family … Mike and Tara Vaughan, who gave me my first In and Out burger; Mark D. Brown, for bringing me my suitcase, NO KIDDING, while I was being repaired, and Jackie Wells, who Facedbook’ed pictures of yummy food and delivered it when I got home, a great big thank you.
And yes Jackie, we are paying it forward, too. .. we have collected money for your “Shoebox Project” … just let me know when.
So now I will close, and hope you have forgiven me, for my tardiness, in regards to acknowledging the wonderful town and its people, that we all call home.
Jess Griffin (aka Clarence-as2)