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Blood drawing help appreciated

The Soroptimist Club, with Sharon Sheppard as chairperson, sponsored an outstanding blood drawing on Jan. 4 at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside. The estimated production was 65. We had 87 presenters, five first-time donors, 10 were unable to give, leaving 77 units collected. Many thanks to the donors, who are the lifeline for the flow of blood in the Valley. Because of their efforts, 231 people will have another chance at life.

A special thank you to the sponsors for donating the cookies and juice, and to Sharon for making their wonderful French market bean soup that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

A big thanks to the following volunteers: Ella Mae Lochner, Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lang, Phyllis Morris, Martina Castle, Ramona Meek, Carol Bos and Dorothy Bristow.

As always, we appreciate the United Methodist Church for the use of its hall, Bob Story of the Daily Sun News for the great publicity and Max of Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square.

If you missed this blood drawing the next one will be Tuesday, March 1, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside from 1 to 6 p.m.

/s/ Marie Handy, chairperson, Sunnyside

A child is a gift, not a choice

I believe we should strive to protect human life from the moment of conception until the moment we die a natural life.

Laws allowing abortion fail society at the starting gate. If we cannot protect life, we'll never succeed at enhancing it.

In protecting human life we must begin with a commitment, never intentionally harm or collude in the destruction of any innocent human life.

Let us take a moment to reflect about the millions of babies whose lives are being violently ended while still in the womb; babies whose futures should have been left in the hands of their Heavenly Father.

I'm sure God is saying, In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done unto me.

/s/ Bob Story Sr., Sunnyside

‘Man of Year’ accolades appreciated

The kids and I would like to thank the Daily Sun News for naming Fritz "Man of the Year." To Julia Hart—one can tell that you knew, loved and respected him very much. Thank you for the awesome article you wrote. It was a great surprise and honor!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the Daily Sun News, for choosing our Dad and husband as your man of the year. It's a great honor and one that he would surely be proud of. He did a lot of things in this community and touched many people's lives in a positive way...many of which have come to light since his death. His goal was never to receive any accolades but try to make things better for all. To many people he was a leader and role model. To us he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Thanks again for the honor you bestowed on Fritz. We miss him, but it helps knowing the impact he made on others.

We would also like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and gifts during this difficult time. Thank you.

Also, Carol Stone, the Daily Sun News 2004 "Woman of the Year"—my congratulations go to you, too. Every time I drive by the railroad tracks, I smile at the "handprints" and think of you.

/s/ Karon Kilian, Sunnyside, & Diana, Paul, Becky, David and families

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