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Blood drawing

a big success

The American Red Cross blood drawing on June 28 was an outstanding success. The Yakima Valley Dairy Women sponsored this event, with Carol Van Slageren as chairperson. We were honored to have with us Yakima Valley Dairy Princess Desiree Pritchett.

We were so pleased to have exceeded our goal of 64 units. We had 91 presenters, 12 first-time donors. Seventeen were unable to give, leaving 74 units collected. Many thanks to all the donors, who are the lifeline for the flow of blood in the Valley. Because of their efforts, 222 people will have another chance at life.

A special thank you to the sponsors for donating the juice, cookies, cheese, crackers and ice cream sandwiches, to United Methodist Church for the use of its hall and to Max of Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square.

It is always heartwarming to see some of the same people donate every time, no matter how difficult it may be to get there. And it is so remarkable the amount of first-time donors there are, along with the young donors.

And then there are the volunteers who services are always appreciated: Myrtis Lang, Alice Benedetti, Ramona Meek, Phyllis Morris, Ella Mae Lochner, Carolyn DeGroot, Janelle DeGroot, John and Bev Koopman, Teresa Bron, Brenda Prins and Margaret DeRuyter.

Lucky winners for the drawing were Cristina Galvez, John Koopman, Tom Bos, Jason Aguilar, Jeff Kinsey and Wendy Tolick. We will have another drawing for t-shirts on Aug. 30.

Thank you, Bob Story, for the front page highlighted article in the Daily Sun News. It really brought people out for this very important event.

We hope to see all of you at the next American Red Cross blood drawing on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the United Methodist Church hall from 1 to 6 p.m.

/s/ Marie Handy, blood drawing chairperson

Campout memorable

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department recently held its 25th annual South Hill Park campout. This overnight campout was attended by 14 youngsters, and it included games, crafts, movies, dinner and breakfast the following morning.

A successful event such as this one would not have been possible without the help of many local businesses and volunteers.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support of this event: Arby's, Domino's, KFC, McDonald's, Safeway, Subway and the Daily Sun News. All in attendance enjoyed the donations immensely.

We would also like to thank the following people for their service in making this event a fun and enjoyable one: Sunnyside Fire Department for coming out to the park and showing the kids the fire truck and getting them wet, Sunnyside Police Department for their time to keep the event safe, and the Sunnyside Migrant Council for letting us use the community center. Also, thanks to the volunteers and recreation staff who helped chaperone this event.

Thanks again to all the volunteers, sponsors and youngsters who helped make this memorable event a success.

/s/ Jennifer Jones, Sunnyside Recreation assistant

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