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July 2020
Mae Lucero

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone who really stepped it up during the COVID-19 shutdown. Mae Luerco had been volunteering her time in the food program before the shutdown, coming in and accepting donations, taking down names, and checking membership. She would also come in early and before the rush of the crowd, to help with setting up, cleaning tables, vacuuming, and emptying the trash. Once the shutdown happened as our lunch program evolved while still keeping the food program, Mae went into overdrive. While others stayed home, Mae came in 5 days a week to help package and pass out the lunches, making sure all the health regulations were maintained. She would then stay after to help out with the Walmart Food Program, unloading the food, separating and sorting, then handing that out as well. Again, once she was done, she would help clean up and take down the area. During all this, her perpetual smile and sweet attitude never wavered. Thanks Mae for making sure our seniors got something to eat.


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Maybe it was the prior rain, and gloomy skies. Or maybe it was the lack of a flu shot shortage, or concerns of a flu epidemic. Or maybe, just maybe, it was because of the seemingly year round availability of shots. Whatever the reason was the crowd was a bit thinner this year at the centers annual Health Fair. That made it a bit nicer for those who did show up at they werent standing in line for a hour, getting impatient and simply wanting to get their flu shot and go. Still, for free flu shots this year, when other places are charging $25 a shot, we thought more people would brave the cold weather.

This year people came in at a more leisurely pace and were able to stop at each table, talk to the various vendors, and pick up lots of useful information before getting their shot. It may have been a trickle, but at least it was a steady trickle with new people arriving all morning. The sad part is the inevitable amount of phone calls we will receive after the event wanting to know if they can still come in for a shot.

Thanks to the volunteers who came to set up and work the fair, all of our wonderful vendors who came out to make this a success. Additional thanks go our to the Highland Police Departments Citizens Patrol for their excellent traffic control. Mostly we would like to thank our event sponsors, the Physicians of Beaver Medical Group and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.