Letters to the editor-12-07-2013

December 7, 2013 

Thank you ...

On behalf of our veterans, their families and staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home, I would like to thank all the great volunteers who served our veterans and their families Thanksgiving dinner.

We had a large group of family members who came to enjoy Thanksgiving with our veterans, and thanks to 41 volunteers, these meals were served to all in a timely manner. Many of these volunteers stayed, helped clean up, and helped veterans back to their units. So a big thank you.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to ACHD for those wonderful little blinky yellow arrows! They make turning left so much easier (on my patience and on my gasoline!). We particularly like the ones on Meridian Road. Thank you again and again!


I would like to say a special thank you to NHS and Rake up Boise for sending Lesli and her team Re-leaf-ers for moving my mountain of leaves.

They arrived early on a cold, rainy morning with smiles so warm they could melt an iceberg.

A job that usually takes me a month to do was finished in less than an hour and a half. They filled more than 50 bags, smiling and laughing all the time. Then they loaded all the bags on a truck and hauled them away so they would not sit at the curb in the rain until the trash was picked up the following week.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to a great team, that did a great job for a great program.


We would like to thank Sherry and John, I hope we remembered your right names. Two very good Samaritans. My husband and I were involved in an accident Nov. 19 at the intersection of McMillan and Five Mile and these two wonderful people came to our aid and said they witnessed it and would stay with us and fill out the report. Not only did Sherry and John help remove our stuff from our van into their car, Sherry took me home to get our other car and come back to the scene and stayed till all paper work was done. Our deep thanks to you lovely people.


My co-worker and her family have been through rough emotional and financial time over last month after the death of her mother-in-law. They have gone to Golden Corral for Thanksgiving dinner for several years, but because of the financial burden due to the death in the family, they are completely broke. It will take several weeks if not months to recover.

I went down to Golden Corral to buy them a gift card so they could still enjoy their Thanksgiving tradition. I asked if they could give me a goodwill discount as it was for a family hard up this Thanksgiving. I initially spoke with Tammy Washburn and she immediately went and got her manager, Roland Cruz. They asked how many people there were in the family, and without hesitation they wrote up enough complimentary dinner cards for the whole family to eat for free!

This warmed my heart, and I wanted to let our community know of the awesome spirit of giving by the management of this Golden Corral location:

Golden Corral, 8460 W Emerald St., Boise.

Thank you, Tammy and Roland, for giving this family the opportunity to be thankful through a less than opportune time!


Organ donation list

As we approach the holiday season, it is a time to reflect and express gratitude; however, there is a gentleman, “Rob,” who expresses gratitude every day throughout the year. He had a liver transplant a few years ago and now calls each day since his transplant a “Bonus Day.” He can tell you exactly how many bonus days he has had, even though they now number well over 1,000. Another family made the decision to say yes on a very tragic day in their lives. It was a difficult decision for them and he is determined to show his gratitude as he lives each bonus day.

Not everyone on the waiting list for an organ transplant will be lucky enough to get bonus days. Every day, an average of 18 people die waiting for a life-saving transplant.

This year, as you reflect on what you are grateful for, remember that each day we have is a bonus. Live each day to its fullest, but make sure you are registered on the Yes Idaho Donor Registry so you can help others when you have had your last bonus day. You register online at www.yesidaho.org.

DIXIE MADSEN, Salt Lake City

Adopt a veteran

Regarding the Adopt a Veteran for Christmas program: Find a veteran at a homeless shelter, like the Boise or Nampa mission, or at the V.A. hospital. There’s always a need for a hand-up for a veteran. Buy them gloves, warm coats, hats, shoes or boots, just an example of some ideas. You buy the Christmas gift for a veteran and you give the Christmas gift to them. The veteran will be thankful, and you’ll be happy that you made a difference this Christmas in another human being’s life — namely an American veteran.


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