Consider Gifts of the Heart this holiday season

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    By Barb Draper
    Special to The PREVIEW
    While you are shopping at the big Holiday Bazaar at the Community Center this Saturday, Nov. 4, be sure to stop by the “Gifts of the Heart” booth at the front of the room. There are many new cards for you to choose from this year as well as some “special deals” on some of your traditional favorites.
    Not familiar with “Gifts of the Heart?” This is a greeting card sales program created, produced and marketed by Community United Methodist Church. All the profits from sales of the cards are distributed to one of four designated nonprofit organizations here in Pagosa Springs — the Community Assistance Fund, the Methodist Church Food Pantry, the Education Center After School Tutoring Program and Pagosa Programs for Youth.
    A $5 donation is suggested for each card. The fronts of the cards are works of art or photography created by local residents and are specifically suited for the type of greeting card you are looking for. The message inside the card lets the recipient know that a donation has been made in honor or in memory of someone.
    The variety and high quality of these cards is as vast as you will find in almost any store. The current cards you can select from are: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday for all ages, memorial, sympathy, get well, anniversary, wedding, new baby, congratulations, thinking of you, missing you, graduation, general greeting and Halloween. All of these cards will be available at the bazaar.
    Don’t wait until the last minute to find that you do not have that important appropriate card on hand. You can plan ahead and find all your cards in one place a one time.
    If you will not be at the bazaar, you may also stop by the Methodist Church throughout the year Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Just stop at the front desk and someone will be happy to assist you.
    All of us know people who appreciate being remembered on special occasions, but who do not really need more “things.” Doesn’t it make good sense to send a “Gift of the Heart?” You will have the pleasure of helping those in our community who can really use your support, and the people receiving the cards will appreciate not only that you have thought about them, but that you have done so in such a thoughtful and meaningful way.