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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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It mustve been a sign. Just in time for our Christmas party it started snowing in the mountains giving us a nice Currier and Ives background. Down the hill it was nice and chilly, albeit a tad on the wet side, but it needs to rain down here for it to snow up there. Besides we desperately needed the rain so well take it as a Christmas gift.

The rain seemed to keep some away, but didnt dampen the enthusiasm of those who came to party. As the rain dissipated guests slowly wandered in giving us a crowded room. Guests were entertained by Ed Ford and Jack Meilke with a Christmas Carol sing-a-long, and Harriet Fourcher and her Kristal Bells before special guest, Ole Saint Nick himself showed up. When hes not making toys you might know him as board president John Rago.

However as popular at the Man with the bag is, the crowd went wild when Elvis (aka: Lil Joe-E) showed up belting out his hits and shaking hip hips. Thanks to those who braved the weather to show up, with special thanks to our sponsors, Don Davis with Aetna, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians