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Crestone Thanksgiving 2020

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Hello Crestone, this year’s Thanksgiving will see a drastic, but necessary change.  We have been holding our breath throughout the year in the hopes that the situation would change enough that we would be able to host Thanksgiving as usual in the charter school. This is unfortunately not the case,  as the charter school is not permitting the public to enter the school. As a result we have had to look for alternative venues and ways to facilitate this local tradition. Last year an informal poll was conducted and we found that over 100 people attendees would otherwise not enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, if it were not for the one provided by this community. With this knowledge, it is unacceptable in our eyes to give up and just wait till next year. Instead we have worked diligently with the Little Shepherd on the Hill Episcopal Church as well as the Crestone Mercantile and Neighbors Helping Neighbors to bring you a revised format for this year‘s Thanksgiving celebration.  We will host a  “to go“ meal at the Little Shepherd on the Hill Parish Hall, whereby from 8 AM to noon on Saturday, November 21 we will have intake of dishes, and then from 1 PM to 5 PM we will distribute to-go containers of Thanksgiving meals. Meals will include regular, vegan, and gluten-free options. We will once again need volunteers to cook turkeys, as well as to help us sort and serve the food received.  This will also be a fundraiser for Neighbors Helping Neighbors.   It is our hope that this is the only year that we will have to do it this way, as we know that this will be difficult logistically but hope that you will still participate and bring the joy and beauty that Thanksgiving stands for to this event. All workers will be utilizing strict protective gear for the maximum benefit of the community. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday November 21. The Crestone Energy Exchange, a year-round extension of the Crestone Energy Fair, will be facilitating this project. For more information, please visit our website at www.crestoneenergyexchange.org or call or text Nick Nevares at 719.480.9384. 


Signed the Crestone Energy Exchange

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Winter Drive

Crestone Energy Fair WINTER DRIVE for Dine & Hopi Reservations
September 5-12, 2020 

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Dear Community…we have a new addition to the Crestone Energy Fair!  We will be collecting items for donation to the Dine & Hopi reservations for their COVID relief and winter preparation efforts.  Elders will be joining us for our Opening Ceremony on Saturday, September 12, so we will be able to send them home with items next weekend. 

Items can be dropped off on Mary Lower’s front porch Saturday, Sept 5 through Friday, Sept 11. – 330 W. Galena Avenue, Crestone.
You can also bring items to the Energy Fair on Saturday, September 12.  If you can’t stay for the event, you can drop them off at the registration tent. 

We are also looking for volunteers to help us with sorting and organizing throughout the week and at the event.  Please contact Lisa Bodey, 719-480-5925, crestoneenergyfair@gmail.com if you can help.

Please share with others you know and trust.  

WE SEEK WINTER CLOTHING FOR ALL AGES

-from infant sizes to the Elderly on the Dine’ and Hopi reservations.  Our intent is to complete delivery of the clothing and other items before the weather starts to turn.  It can get as cold as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit!

WARM SWEATERS, SOCKS, BOOTS, SHOES, JACKETS, GLOVES/MITTENS, SCARVES AND OTHER WINTER APPAREL- in a variety of sizes, even 2XX and 3XX. 

-MASKS AND CHILDREN’S MASKS

-CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND TOYS- for ages 3 through grade 12, in good condition and culturally appropriate (note: Tonka toy trucks are a big hit as are Legos)

-STUFFED ANIMALS- new, or almost new and clean/ sanitized

SCHOOL AND ART SUPPLIES- notebooks, notepads, sketchbooks, pencils, markers, crayons and pens.  

VERY IMPORTANT!!!
ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING MUST BE WASHED/SANITIZEDITEMIZED/LABELEDBOXED, AND CULTURALLY 
APPROPRIATE or they will not be accepted!

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ITEMS YOU WOULD NOT WEAR OR USE FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR LOVED ONES.  AND PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE INTIMATE ITEMS SUCH AS BRAS, UNDERWEAR, ETC.

This is part of a larger Winter Drive and Go Fund Me effort and the organizers are in desperate need of people in the Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville and Longmont areas to donate space for storage until the end of Sept.  DO YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR GARAGE OR KNOW FRIENDS IN THAT AREA?

For more information, please contact Maria Michael at:

dinehopicovidhelp@gmail.com

You can also make a financial donation to the Go Fund Me account:https://www.gofundme.com/f/urgent-covid19-help-for-dine-amp-hopi-reservations

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Community Firewood Program

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UPDATE 12-15-20

Thank you to everyone who has supported the startup of our new Community Firewood Program. At this time we have sold out of cords of firewood. We will continue the Work-Trade, Community Service/Volunteer Days and delivery of Emergency Firewood.

The Crestone Energy Fair has partnered with Neighbors Helping Neighbors(NHN) and Baca Grande Emergency Services to offer a NEW Community Firewood Program. Community members who can afford to purchase wood at full price will be helping to supplement those who want to work-trade for wood and/or receive free firewood through the NHN assistance program. This will help us to create jobs and empower individuals to help join our team in supporting the entire community.

Due to COVID and other circumstances, we have had a lot of difficulty sourcing bulk wood and the price of firewood has increased this year. To cover our costs and create an effective program we will be charging $250/cord. At the moment, we are able to order Spruce to cut, split and deliver

For more information, please contact Lisa Bodey 719-480-5925 or crestoneenergyfair@gmail.com

For free firewood assistance through Neighbors Helping Neighbors, please contact Mary Lowers 719-256-4185 or lowersmary2@gmail.com