Letters to the editor

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

Thanks from Volunteer Center

Through the Volunteer Center of Durham’s Thanksgiving Dinners Program and Share Your Christmas, donors and sponsors ensured that 2,127 Durham County Department of Social Services clients received Thanksgiving meals and 3,098 received Christmas gifts.

The Volunteer Center each year connects people in the community who want to help others with DSS clients in need during this very special time of year through these two programs. But these programs would not be possible without the financial support of businesses, civic organizations, faith-based groups and individuals. The Volunteer Center also could not carry them out without the help of dozens and dozens of volunteers, who answer phones, staff the gift distribution center and deliver meals.

World Overcomers Church, Parker & Otis, the Chicken Hut, New Jerusalem Baptist Cathedral, Harris Teeter and Food Lion deserve special thanks for assisting the Thanksgiving Dinners Program.

The center also extends special thanks to Northgate Mall, The Herald-Sun, Duke University, AICPA, the SunTrust Foundation, the BIN Foundation, the United Way and the Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation for supporting Share Your Christmas and ongoing efforts by the Volunteer Center to serve this community in a variety of ways.

We are very fortunate to live in a community that values volunteering and helping others. The works carried out by donors and sponsors speak to that generous spirit. And the families and individuals who were in need of assistance deserve a tremendous amount of gratitude for allowing people to connect with them in such a personal, special way.

Tim LaSpaluto, CPA
Volunteer Center of Durham Board of Directors chairman

Show caused risks

The Durham Performing Arts Center did not cancel Friday's show despite the bad weather. 

Although many probably made it to the show and back home safely, it was obviously risky to do so and obviously bad judgment for DPAC to expect its customers to take such risks, especially on the secondary roads. 

Hence, I think all of us need to think twice about buying tickets to a DPAC show during the winter months.  I will never do it again.  That's for sure.     

Ron Taska