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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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2010\'s Operation Senior Claus was an overwhelming success thanks to the overwhelming number of people who donated items, or volunteered to help out nearly 70 seniors or senior couples. Much more than last year. That is great! Unfortunately, that means more people are in need than ever.

Luckily we had over 100 elves from the center, local businesses, service organizations, and the community to not only help cook up the meals, but to then go out in their sleds to spread a bit of Christmas cheer. However, what would our volunteers deliver if it werent for the generosity of so many donors, such as Stater Bros. In these times when people are giving less and tightening belts it was nice to see the large amount of people who donated food, gift certificates, and other items for those less fortunate. Even the City of Highland staff got involved getting various gift cards and items to fill stockings with.

So once again, thanks to all those who helped out. God bless you. Everyone.