Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Jan. 20

Thank you volunteers

I recently recieved a letter to the editor from the volunteers who have wholehartedly thrown themselves into donating to victims of Hurrican Katrina.

This unselfishness on their part is inspiring, and should show each of us how important it is to help one another.

The volunteers got together at the Winslow Senior Center Sept. 30 to finish their relief packages for the victims.

The letter noted that since the project had begun, the participants had sent more than 1,200 pounds of supplies to victims in five communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The packages, which included water, diapers, formula, wipes, refreshments for kids, batteries, flashlights, duct tape, rubbing alcohol, WD-40, jackets, clothes for all ages, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, sheets, blankets and pillows, were donated by the community.

The letter also siad that all shipping was donated by businesses and individuals, and that following an initial cash outlay for formula and diapers, all subsequent cash donations were used for shipping.

I have to thank these volunteers for their time well spent, as it takes alot to give of yourself.

To the victims who have moved from the area where they had lived, played and worked as we do now, my heart goes out to you.

Although I do not have family in the immediate area, I do have loved ones near by.

Winslow residents: you have made us proud by helping when and where you can.

With the holiday season just around the corner, let us try to remember that spirit. By asking how you can help, and getting involved, we can make this sometimes chaotic world that we live in a happy place.

There are so many other people out there who are in need, and many just don't know where to turn. Sometimes it's really difficult to help, I have two small kids, believe me I know, but the more we help others, the better we feel about ourselves and our own lives.

My granny used to have a saying, "It doesn't matter if your pockets are empty as long as your heart is full. Fill your heart with kindness and your life will improve."

Just as the golden rule says, "Do onto others as you would have others do unto you."

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