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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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Flu shots may have been available since September, but that didnt stop us from packing them in for last months Health Fair. Possibly it was people getting out on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Or maybe it was all the other great vendors, information, and freebies that got people in the door. Whatever it was, it started with a crowd waiting to get in.

A long line snaked through the building, stopping at various tables. Some people got their blood pressure checked, or ???. There are those that think that people come only for the free flu shots, but out of the over 250 people who showed up, only 150 of them got shots. A few of those even managed to get their passport completed for a chance at the many raffles provided by our vendors.

For those that came a little later in the morning, they were able to view things 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. Towards the end it slowed to a trickle, but it was a steady trickle. The sad part were the people who showed up, or called up, wanting shots.

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.