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Generous Rogue Valley residents help the community

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The Rogue Valley may not head the list for fine wages and great jobs, but there is no lack of charitable organizations to help make life here easier for all. Community Works, Hearts with a Mission, Youth for Christ, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and many, many Churches and food banks that all try to make a difference for not only the homeless teens, but many homeless adults who find themselves without food and shelter.
Then there are the multitudes of organizations like Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks and Moose Lodges that are familiar fund raising icons.
During the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a familiar sight is the Kiwanis See’s Candy trailers that appear in Ashland, Central Point, Jacksonville, Grants Pass and other cities throughout the nation. Kiwanis International is a worldwide organization the uses the motto “serving the children of the world, one community at a time”. When you shop in those cheerful candy trailers you help raise a lot of money to advance that goal.
Seattle Children’s Hospital announced a possible breakthrough in the treatment of a certain type of leukemia in children; Kiwanis members all over the Pacific Northwest were grateful so many people supported the See’s candy sales because much of the money raised helped pay the doctors who were involved in that successful research.
Your purchase of See’s candy from the Kiwanis trailer serves a triple purpose: you have a favorite treat to give someone you love or appreciate, you help raise money to further Kiwanis projects in your community, and you have the satisfaction of joining in an activity that makes the world a better place.
Next time you pass a Kiwanis See’s candy trailer, stop in if all you want to do is talk to a great volunteer who is devoting time to help others, and find out just how many different projects are done by the Kiwanis clubs in your area.
With all of the organizations in the Rogue Valley, there is always room for another volunteer, another dollar in the kitty and another chance for each individual to make a real difference in someone’s life.
Every one of us has to deal with challenges in our lives and with our families; it makes the load a little lighter to know there are so many people who support our efforts.

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