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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 23

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Kidney for Marcie

EDITOR: During this season of thanks and giving I want to express my thanks to everyone in this community for all the support I’ve received in my search for a kidney donor. A special thanks to my Kiwanis friends, the Stompers, the nonprofits who promoted my need, and to everyone who helped at my donor information booths.

Despite all these efforts, I still do not have a donor confirmed, so my search continues. My need is more urgent than ever. Since the holidays are approaching and I need “the gift of life,” my friends are starting a new campaign for me and will be placing small Christmas trees with donor information ornaments throughout the town. Please keep your eyes open for them.

For those of you who have come forward and filled out the initial form to be a donor, I can never thank you enough. My transplant center is processing your applications but it is a very slow process and, to date, no one has been confirmed.

If you can help in any way, my new email is kidney4marcie@gmail.com. I have an advocate who can help you with the application process and answer any questions you may have.

You may also go directly to www.ucdonor.org and apply there.

Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.

Marcie Waldron

Sonoma

Brighten the season of those in need

EDITOR: Since 2013, The Sonoma Valley Unified School District and local nonprofits have invited 9,000 people – people who might otherwise not have received holiday gifts – to be beneficiaries of the generosity of our community through the Sonoma Valley Holiday Gifting Program. This year, our donations are coming in very, very slowly. One reason, of course, is the tragedy of the total decimation of the city of Paradise. The community here has mobilized to aid victims of that fire with donations and support. It’s a great and noble effort from people that can relate all too well to the overwhelming sense of loss. After the fires last year, here in our own community, our gifting program had a tremendous outpouring of generosity from both inside and outside the area. That healing goes on, and the depth of hardship is in some cases even more severe. Requesting donations to brighten the season of kids, families, seniors and others experiencing hardship might seem like a tough ask. But we’ve seen what these small, precious gestures can mean. Even as we look to keep #ParadiseStrong, please fill a local need with the gift of a happy holiday here in the Sonoma Valley. Donate or adopt a local family or individual this holiday season. www. SVHoliday.org.

Constance Grizzell

Sonoma

SDC to house homeless

EDITOR: Important meetings are being held to find appropriate interim uses for the Sonoma Developmental Center before a permanent use is determined for the property and its 140-plus buildings. While some buildings cannot be used because they require much rehabilitation, others are fixable and can be used by people who have been left homeless because of the fires. The extensive grounds could also provide a place for tents or yurts.

If Chanute hospital is still not disposed of it, too, could provide emergency housing.

Winter is here and there is not enough housing to accommodate the people who have lost their homes. Additionally, there are those who are living on the street because they are mentally ill or can’t afford an apartment.

This is not the total answer, but it can help.

Helen Rowntree

Sonoma