If this year has taught us anything, it has to be what a generous and giving community we live in. From donations and contributions, to messages of love and hope, we have been truly inspired by the show of caring we have seen.

We wanted to say THANK YOU to our Park City neighbors and friends and highlight just a few of the examples of selflessness we witnessed during these challenging times.

The Park City Library offered free access to downloadable items for library cardholders. Additionally, young readers were able to join Ms. Katrina and Ms. Bianca for virtual story times that included reading from classic books and singing favorite song. parkcitylibrary.org/virtual-library

No Name Saloon, Annex at No Name Saloon, Butcher’s Chop House & Bar, Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive donated 100% of the sales of their restaurant gift cards to support their staff members. dbrparkcity.com/gift-card-help.html

Park City Summit County Arts Council offered online lessons to our lucky community. Parkites could choose clay throwing, encaustics, book making, wine tasting, piano, voice, 3D printing and web design. The creative opportunities changed weekly. pcscarts.org

Parkite, Sallie Rinderknecht, created handsewn face masks for the community. Aft er hearing the Christian Center of Park City was in need of donations, Rinderknecht pulled out her needle and thread and started sewing. All proceeds were donated to the Christian Center of Park City. kindercapes@gmail.com

In the spring, Park City Community Foundation raised over $1 million for the Community Foundation Response. Park City Community Foundation Executive Director, Katie Wright, says, “Th rough collaboration with nonprofit organizations, government, businesses, philanthropists, and public health providers, we are harnessing resources from the Community Response Fund to help locals in the most need accelerate a return to everyday life.” parkcitycf.org/communityresponsefund

CONNECT Summit County collaborated with area therapists to provide FREE online mental health support groups with topics that included “Find Strength in Chaos,” “Adjusting to 24/7 Family Time,” “Coping with Anxiety” and more. connectsummitcounty.org

A special thank you to Park City School District, their teachers and staff for keeping our children motivated and educated during the final term of the 2020 school year. From daily YouTube updates from our local Principals to the interactive online classes and lessons, Parkites have been praising our incredible school district.

In support of Utah families, Sweets & Cheese offers a “Buy One Give One” on all cupcakes and cakes. Each paid order results in an equal donation to a local family needing help to make their special occasions just a little bit sweeter. Partner nonprofits and community advocates help identity recipients and administer in-kind donations. sweetsandcheese.com

Utah Symphony created a musical tribute to thank the valiant healthcare workers, essential staff and first responders who helped all of us through the pandemic. youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=yl3lNqSmk2 U&cluid=8656715&

Summit County Search and Rescue Volunteers, David Diehl and Josh McReavy, set up the “Feed COVID First Responders with Local Restaurants” to show their appreciation to all the individuals required to work during the shutdown. The GoFundMe campaign raised money to recruit local restaurants to make meals that were delivered free to front line workers and their families. GoFundMe: bit.ly/3eo8gp9

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

Thai So Good restaurant offered a 50% discount on take-out and delivery to all frontline workers. One of the restaurant’s owners, Danny Vo, is also a full-time pharmacist, so he saw first-hand the stress COVID-19 was having on healthcare workers and wanted to provide discounted food to the individuals and their families. thaisogoodkimball.com

Mountain Town Music has always believed in bringing our community together with song. Although the popular Wednesday night concert’s at DV’s Snow Park Amphitheater are canceled this summer, Mountain Town Music will continue their local programming with smaller, more intimate performances. Check out their music on local streets, driveways and backyards. mountaintownmusic.org

Local music teacher, Tanya Taylor, produced a Park City based “We are the World” video. Th e video’s aerial footage video was filmed by photographer Paul Tan via a drone. Local celebrities like former mayor, Dana Williams, Father Christopher Gray of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, actress Raven Flowers, and singer Ava Hoeskstra are just some of the Parkites that participated in this message of love. youtube.com/watch?v=id-DPuDO2_Y

In March of this year, Megan Jansen, a registered nurse at Salt Lake Regional Hospital created Sewing for Lives. Th e non-profit has enlisted over 6,000 seamstresses from around the country to create 100% cotton washable covers for first-responders and healthcare workers. Th e group Park City’s Common Th read Sewing Circle, championed by local Carol Librizzi, joined forces with Sewing For Lives and created hundreds of covers for our medical workers. sewingforlives.com

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