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By Mark Dykes
Reporter Photographer 

Enjoy the People for People Tour of Homes Monday


Cindy Glasson

Margaret Stansill puts the finishing touches on her nutcracker collection for the Tour of Homes on Monday.

by Mark Dykes

The annual Tour of Homes is Monday, Dec. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year's tour includes stops at the homes of: Hope and Tyler Mead, Dale and Ciley Andreen, Stephanie and Josh Conrad, Lily Hayes, Jason and Stephanie Owens, and Dan and Margaret Stansill.

Judy Carswell, with People for People, said residents participating on the tour go above and beyond their normal decorating, to make it a real treat for people. Tickets can be purchased from local businesses for $6 each. The money from the fundraiser goes to feed people for a year through the People for People program.

In addition to the homes on the tour, there will also be a live Nativity at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Highway 20 South. The tour is from 5:30-8 p.m. There is also a reception at Thermopolis Middle School starting at 6 p.m. School staff and students, as well as People for People members, will provide refreshments.

There are some community donated items up for silent auction, Carswell said, and a memorial tree which people can decorate with ornaments in memory of their loved ones. The tree will later be moved from the school to the courthouse.

People for People is a small group of volunteers that provide free meals every Sunday for those in need in Thermopolis.

Carswell said the group is down to eight teams that provide the meals, though 12 is optimal. "Our teams," she explained, "consist of different entities in the community." For instance, the team she's on is the courthouse team; other teams might come from churches, the VFW or even a neighborhood.

Meal recipients are mainly those who can't get out, or may not be able to afford meals. "All they have to do is just call and say they want one," Carswell said, and right now they provide meals for about 70 people.


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