The Spirit of Derby

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This posting is entirely derived from the wall of PJ Shields on December 16…..there are a few compilations as there were over 60 posts from  many people.

PJ: Derby Community–We have a stranded derby skater in Colorado (Elizabeth). She moved here for a bf who broke up with her on arrival. She has $7 to her name and nowhere to go. Can we get her taken care of for a bit? Money to return her home? Place to stay? Castle Rock, whatchu got? Let’s get it done……..Dosa, we’re gonna hook her up with Grannyy in Golden. We’ll figure out the gas situation soon. I am trying to reach people in the Elizabeth area who may be able to help with that.

(PB, the stranded lady, is from Washington….she refs and skates.)

Dosa: ok, let me  know if I can help!

PJ: She has a small car.  I think  the money she has will get her there…..although we could use a little help with some moolah for her.  The organizer on the Washington end is supposed to call me  later today.  Let me know if you hear from her.  I am  at work and dealing in between court hearings.

Kathy Alexander- She is coming to my house. I will probably take her to work with me tonight if she is up to it & hook her up with some shots to sell for $$.  Anything will help.  Karaoke night at the Hawg Back Saloon in Golden.  Come if you can :).

PJ: That’s great news.  We’ll have to assess how to get her home, but the first step was a doozie.  You rock, Grannyy Apple.   Her paypal is for anyone who wants to donate a few bucks to get her home.

(Exchange between 5 more who just joined and volunteering to help…Tara says she will meet PB in Castle Rock and she can stay there and she would fill up her car.)

Kathy: she is on her way…….just tried her cell and she doesn’t answer.

PJ: OK. If there is an issue, call me.  We have a skater in CR who can top off the tank.

(Shannin Rettig volunteers to meet PB and fill up her tank)  Shannin: OK – let me know.  I have put together a goodie bag for her and have it at my desk at work, some snacks, some cash, and some  drinks.  I will do it (drop off at the Hawg  Back).  Is there anything else she needs?

PJ: Not that I am aware of .  Thank you so much.  Grannyy Apple owns the Hawg Back.  I am sure she will be apparent when you get there.  If not, her staff will know what’s up.

Kathy:  That’s awesome! Just drop it off at the Hawg Back in Golden.  I’m taking her to my daughters office christmas party for dinner, then she might babysit for her tonight to earn some $$.  But she is settled in nicely.

Kristen:  Can I just say that this thread makes me want to join a roller derby club? You guys are amazing.

Nasus: This just made me so unbelievably happy. And touched.

Amy: (heart) derby!!!

Jerry S:  this is what people have no clue about when I describe Roller Derby today to them!

Edd C:  Now that is team work!  Awesome!

What present can you get or give that can equal what was done above in less than two hours.  “God Bless us, every one.”

7 comments on “The Spirit of Derby

  1. I saw another post about this and had money shipped her way within a minute. Didn’t even have to think about it. You see, when I moved back to Washington from Oklahoma, Pandora invited me to stay with her totally for free while I started my search for a new job between Seattle and Portland. I was there for a month, but I’ll never forget her generosity towards me for that month.

    So when I read that she was moving to Colorado in the first place, it kinda made me feel sad that such a good friend was leaving our little community up here. But when I heard what had happened once she got there, it totally broke my heart.

    I’m still not entirely made of money. But I still sent a fairly good chunk of change her way. She helped me in my desperate time, so the least I could do was help her out at least a little bit in her desperate time.

    So I can vouch for Pandora 100%. She is awesome and worth every cent!

    • It is a Derby world, and even if I can’t skate, ref, or officiate, I am so happy to be part of this selfless family. I donated too, and she still could use more.

  2. You all are making my heart swell right now!!! Any mere mortal would be feeling lost and all alone in this situation (which is how I started out), but thanks to the derby family my heart is exploding with love! 24 hours after my world crumbled, Im crying tears of joy instead of pain, Never in my life have I felt so loved and cared for. All the donations are adding up and Im very close to what I need to get back home. My son said all he wanted for Xmas was his mom and it looks like you all will make his wish come true. I can’t say thank you enough!!!

  3. So honored to have met you, Pandora & be able to help! Thank you for filling my heart with the love of the gift of giving! Merry Christmas!!

  4. Not the least bit surprised. One thing skaters have had in common since the original Roller Derby began in 1935 is a sense of family. For some reason the lack of real respect it got/gets from the media is in inverse proportion to the amount of love and respect skaters have for each other.

    • Agree completely Keith, and let’s not forget all the people who never put on a pair of skates: all our NSO’s and volunteers, they often work just as hard as we do and never get part of the “fame” and they are certainly just a big part of the Derby family as the skaters.

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