Grassroots Efforts Make Difference In Many Lives

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One person can make a difference in the lives of many.

The heartfelt commitment of volunteers can touch hundreds, and raise the spirits of the downtrodden, even in the terror of a war zone.

Ask any youngster who has been helped by the Payson Community Kids program that Marcy Rogers founded almost 10 years ago and still spearheads today.

Ask anyone on staff, a patient or family member at Payson Regional Medical Center who has been assisted by a Pink Lady -- one of the members of the hospital's auxiliary. The women -- and men -- of this group helped get the community's original hospital built.

Or ask the friend or family member of one of the more than 300 military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan who has been a recipient of a box from the Payson Supply Line, organized earlier this year by two veterans.

These are just a few examples of grassroots efforts by our neighbors in the Rim Country. All can make use of our time and financial support -- and you don't have to look too hard to find an opportunity to be part of the local volunteer community.

Reach out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gila County, and support the Bowl for Kids Sake.

Go over to the Rim Country Middle School later this afternoon and buy a ticket for the Hams, Hots and Brats Feast hosted by the Maverick football team and The FAN Club to raise money for new uniforms.

Visit the hospital gift shop and make a purchase to assist the auxiliary.

Take time out of your weekend and stop by the Payson Supply Line rummage sale. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 in front of Wal-Mart on North Beeline Highway. While you're there, look at the photos and letters sent back from the soldiers thanking the organization and its supporters for their efforts. Even if there is nothing you want to buy, you can make a contribution.

The local volunteer groups give residents a variety of simple ways to help their causes -- you need to decide where your compassion is directing you and follow it.

Step up and make a difference.

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