Kathy J. Carlton: An uplifting story
February 27, 2010
To the editor:
During this time when people are tightening their belts, experiencing high unemployment rates, lay-offs, cut backs and recession, it still is encouraging to hear about people who still care, give and who step forward to help and do what needs to be done.
This happens all without personal gain or recognition. This is why I had to write the letter, to tell you this unique and uplifting story. Good, positive news always is preferred.
My daughter is the janitor, and she prepares hot meals for the children at Maybell Elementary School. The school's stove and oven are used for preparing the two annual spaghetti dinners, bake sales and other events during the year.
The problem has been that only one or two of the burners worked on the stove, and the thermostat in the oven doesn't work at all. Prepared food turns out eventually undercooked or overcooked.
I spoke with my friend, Dottie Petrini, about ideas on fundraisers for purchasing a new stove. I called Intermountain Appliances in Craig to get an estimate as to how much money we would need to raise, and I asked for advice on how to do this.
The man said, "Hold on a minute," and I waited a few minutes.
When he returned, he said, "Come Friday to pick up a stove. As long as it is for the school, I will donate it."
I immediately called my daughter and Dottie. They were elated but said there was another problem with getting the oven to the school and installed.
Dottie gave me three numbers to call.
The first and only call was to Scott Schaffer. He said not to worry, that he would arrange everything.
His wife Lorena is one of the teachers at the school who picked up the stove and transported it to Maybell. Scott and his son installed the stove after work.
My daughter says she can now prepare hot meals for the kids.
We can't thank everyone involved enough for all your help, especially Intermountain Appliances.
Kathy J. Carlton