7/31/2013 8:22:00 AM Editorial: Let's keep the spirit of giving alive
Courtesy the Daily Courier
They have come in all different shapes and sizes: fundraisers to benefit the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the residents of Yarnell.
On a larger scale have been Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks raising more than $700,000 for our 19 fallen heroes' families, and the Country Cares Concert on July 22, spearheaded by country music star Dierks Bentley, that raised nearly $500,000. And the July 14 Prescott Strong event on Whiskey Row brought in well over $200,000.
Then we see the collective donations that have been and are going to the 100 Club of Arizona (100club.org). The 100 Club assists law enforcement and firefighters' families, and the American Red Cross has collected $450,000 in donations for the residents of Yarnell.
Smaller-scale fundraisers have turned in big bucks, such as the $25,000 a girl's bake sale raked in.
Let's not forget either about the donations to the efforts that also have come in all sizes - ranging from a few dollars here and there from visitors and residents to $100,000 given by the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe.
Chino Valley youth, with the help of the community, got involved with two fundraisers - one a 19-inning benefit baseball game in honor of Hotshot Wade Parker, and the other a benefit pool party.
Estimates on the monies raised thus far are in the $7 million range.
It is truly humbling the lengths to which people, companies and others - some who defy reason or labels - will go to help their fellow man in times of need.
Plus, even the simple donations - such as clothing and household items or goods - continue to pour in to the United Way. They've received so much that a warehouse behind Big Lots in Prescott that it is using as a distribution point has had to expand to two additional donated warehouses. Those items still need more attention, including sorting and transporting. Organizers said the effort needs a minimum of 20 volunteers to operate efficiently each day. To volunteer, call the warehouse at 928-237-9073, or Yvonne, the project director, at 928-899-7390. Or just go there; walk-in volunteers are welcome.
Of course, the efforts we have listed here are only a scratch on the surface of everything that has been happening in our communities the past month. Yet, all of it is volunteerism and digging deep - giving for the sake of giving, not for the recognition.
That is what the "spirit of giving" is all about. How do you plan to help?
Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013
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It's funny, everywhere I go, everywhere I look, people are telling me how our troops are heroes, fighting for our freedom, and don't you dare say anything bad about them, but when one of them is killed in combat, there are no memorials, no fund-raisers for their families. Why is that, do you suppose?