Volunteering Time Doesn't Cost Money

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During the holidays, charitable and non-profit organizations from around the state and country often ask us, usually by mail, to contribute financially.

Some of those seeking help are familiar to us and some we have not have heard of.

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Pine Strawberry Pantry members Larverne Furr, Sharon Balentine, Thelma Anderson, Helen Palmer, Jean Bean and Marti Heinert spent most of Dec. 20 packing holiday gift boxes. The 50-plus boxes were then distributed to needy families in the Pine Strawberry area.

There are those who send us address stickers, magnets or occasional pictures of needy orphans. While, the bottom line is they need our dollars, our budgets are limited.

There is, however, one way we can contribute that won't cost us a dollar -- it's by donating our time.The past few weeks I have met with groups in our area and most tell me "we are always looking for volunteers."Some of those organizations in need of help include Pine Strawberry Pantry, the Pine Library, Take Pride Organization, the senior center and Pine Strawberry Schools.

Regarding volunteers, I recently came across this poem on the Internet, which praises those who unselfishly give of their time and service.

It reads:

Raise your glasses in the air

And give three rousing cheers

To all of the extraordinary super volunteers

They always share their time? With enthusiastic hearts

They appear from out of nowhere

To do their special parts

Whenever there's a project or a

task to be completed

You can always count on them

They never are defeated

Their smiles are genuine

And their attitudes are winning

Surely they must be the ones

Who keep this old world spinning

So if there is a job to do-

Don't shrink back in fear

Just seek out the expertise of a Volunteer.

The poem is attributed to Suzanne Hartgraves, of Cotton-wood, Calif.

Please contact me by phone or e-mail. If your organization is in need of volunteers help or services. I'll pass the word along.

Holiday mix-up

An incorrect picture and caption appeared in the Pine/Strawberry Happenings column in the Dec. 28 edition of the Payson Roundup.

The corrected picture and column appear today. Also, it was incorrectly written that the Cultural Center is located on Highway 260 in Pine. The Cultural Center is located on the west side of (SR 87) Beeline Highway.

Emergency responder cards available

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department now has updated medical information emergency responder's cards to replace the old life information cards. Please stop by to pick up your free card, which will help first responders access emergency information.

The updated cards are available only at the Pine Fire Station. Please post the card on your refrigerator for immediate access in the event of an emergency.

Pet emergency rescue window stickers

If your home is like ours, a four-legged "son or daughter" shares their forever home with you. On occasion, he or she does have to stay "home alone" for brief periods of time.

In case of an emergency, a sticker posted to the window or front door can alert responders of the presence of the pet ...Order forms for the stickers are usually available from veterinarians or at various online Web sites. Having one posted should be a responsibility of every pet owner.

Kids, seniors and giving

It will be a few days before we know final Credit for Kid donation totals, but we are all hoping the fund meets and exceeds what was donated last year.

It's only a hunch, but I'm betting local taxpayers opened their hearts to help make the Pine Strawberry school the best it can be.

To better fit the needs of the community, the Pine/Strawberry Community Center Dining Room has reduced the cost of their meals to $4, this includes the main course, salad, beverage and sometimes dessert! Salad bar alone remains at $3.

The Pine/Strawberry Community Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87 in Pine. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant. The drawing will take place at the end of the drive.

Don't forget your ID, you can't donate without it! Hydrate! UBS recommends drinking plenty of water to make your donation experience the best it can be.

Please eat a hearty, low-fat meal before donating. You can walk in ... or make an appointment by calling Sheri Earp 476-3655. We are in desperate need of donors.

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