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With a LOT of Help from Our Friends

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:27 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Amid the glitz and glitter of this winter holiday season, we pause to remember the generosity of our friends and neighbors. As the new decade looms before us we are steeped in gratitude for all the blessings that have befallen us over the past year.  All the goods and services that the FRC has been able to provide are made possible because of the generosity of others. Every morsel of food in our well stocked pantry has been donated. Our stalwart volunteer, Nancy Lorenz, faithfully travels to the Food Bank of Nevada County to bring back a weekly wagon load of foods ranging from beans and rice to truffles and caviar. Poultry farmer, Ken Manning, shares not only fresh eggs but stories of the chickens, ducks and geese who have provided them. Angie Tomey and John Tecklin donate fresh organically grown produce from Mountain Bounty Farm. Home Gardeners and community gleaners also take time to drop by laden with extra zucchini, windfall apples, and other seasonal bounties.

Every article of clothing on our Clothes Closet shelves is donated, as well. Our community stays warm and in style because of the almost daily gifts of gently used clothing from good hearted friends and neighbors. Donated children’s books, toys and art supplies fill our shelves. San Juan Ridge babies’ bottoms stay clean and dry because of monthly deliveries of diapers and wipes by the Keegans for the Nevada County Diaper Project. Ridge feet can stay warm and dry this winter thanks to a donation of 1000 pairs of brand new, comfy socks from Bombas.

Children’s summer camps were supported by generous donations by parents and community members, as well as local nonprofits, the Welz Foundation and Yuba River Lions. We have also received cash donations from individual friends and neighbors, as well as advertisers in our Ridge Connections newsletter, that have not only helped support our children’s camps, but kept our doors open and our lights on. Every penny made at our annual Earth Day Celebration also supports the summer camps. We are grateful to the drummers, musicians, bakers, vendors, volunteers and event goers who contribute to the success of this community event.

None of the above would be possible without the support of First 5 Nevada County, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and Twin Ridges Elementary School District. We are especially grateful to Twin Ridges for entrusting stewardship of the beautiful Oak Tree Campus to us. The ability to use this site makes all our programs, services, events, and activities possible and we have never taken it for granted.

We are also grateful to the grass roots organizations that make the San Juan Ridge a better place to live. The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, North San Juan Community Center, North San Juan Firefighters and Fire Auxiliary, Oak Tree Community Park, San Juan Ridge Business Association, San Juan Ridge Community Library and San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association serve us well and deserve all the support our community can provide.

Last, but certainly not least, we are so very thankful to all those who have visited us throughout the year. Without you, the FRC would not exist. We wish you all a very happy holiday season! Stay warm and be well.