Published DateTo the editor,
As a member of River Crew Art, I want to publish a heartfelt thank you to those who have supported the "crew". We want to say thank you to Elaine Morrison and Dick Smith for beginning River Crew Art, an art and photography program for the homeless. We appreciate the support and help given to us by community members.
We send a big thank you to the Cameron family for cooking us a wonderful Christmas dinner. "Baby Threads" downtown gave each of us a special Christmas present and we are grateful for their kindness and caring. The Downtown Deli has provided us with delicious breakfasts so very much appreciated. Christ Life Church has generously supported us with blankets and food. The Salvation Army Church and thrift store assist us all the time with crucial needs. We want to say thank you to the Congregational Church for its assistance in collecting art and photography supplies. They also gave us Christmas Fair space for selling our art and photography. Better Together helped us with our funding by allowing us to sell art and photography at their annual celebration dinner. Ann Saltmarsh of the Public Works Dept and public employees organized a clothing drive with much needed warm winter clothing. We are thankful for all of the wonderful presents that were so thoughtful.
The River Crew Art program has turned out to be such a wonderful program. We have learned to do crafts, art, photography, and cooking. The program is not just about creating. We have learned to bond together as a family. We take care of each other. The program has given us positive self esteem, one of the most important values a person can possess. We all work together.
Thank you to Dick and Elaine, Melissa McCarthy, John and Sandra McGonagle, Kazuko Okubo, Kevin Dunleavy and Carmelita Mo and her dog "Lola" for their time. There are so many wonderful things to say about the program but I am at a loss of words to elaborate further.
A member of River Crew Art