Activities: Special (2020-2021 Winter Season)
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions MOST SPECIAL Activities are CANCELLED or ON HOLD until further notice.
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Toys for Tots (Started Nov 15, 2020)
Sent 2020-11-15: Toys for Tots -
Dear Friends - I recently received permission to place this box in the Sunshine Library for our convenience.
Contact me if you have any questions etc. Thanks Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276
TOYS FOR TOTS - 2020
Hello Everyone here at Sunshine,
Earlier today, the Harlingen Police Department dropped off a Toys For Tots box. It will be in the Sunshine Library for the next few weeks just waiting to overflow. If you can find it in your heart to donate a toy for this cause, it would be deeply appreciated. The mission is to provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. It is one of the top rated charities and our PD teams up with the local Marine Corps League. It is also a 501 C (3). A donated ~ ten dollar toy of your choice will make some child’s day. Just wrap it simply with a ribbon and place “BOY" or "GIRL" and the age visibly on the bottom. Ultimately, Harlingen PD, with its partners, has access for the distribution plan which is usually mid December. I have worked a bunch of these and they are breathtaking – to see the kid’s eyes light up for a gift – and to see them sit on Santa’s lap for a photo op – wow! Thanking you in advance for your marvelous generosity.
Lenore J. Combs 956 245 1276
Harlingen Citizens Police Academy Alumni Member
WALL OF HONOR (Started Jan 8, 2020)
You can find previous information concerning this Project HERE.
Sent 2020-11-14: Sunshine Heroes Wall of Honor -
Project Background - It was decided here at Sunshine that we would recognize our neighbors, not for a single act of heroism but their heroic service. We wanted to recognize the people from our community who made a commitment to give part of their lives for the benefit of others. This is what the SUNSHINE HEROES Wall of Honor represents. It is our way to recognize them and say thank you for your service.
Last Spring in Retzlaff Hall, we unveiled our Sunshine Heroes Wall of Honor complete with their engraved names on an individual metal plate. There is also a Memory Book of photos of our heroes. This touching monument serves as a reminder that many of our residents sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. (See picture below.)
You may support this wall by completing an application and some brief information (form available at SEPO Office). We would like a photo in uniform. Jim Tennant is available for questions 616 866 9960.
What is a Veteran? - whether retired, discharged, active duty or reserve – is someone who at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to ”The United States of America” for an amount up to and including his or her life. (Author unknown)
What Is A Hero? - Dictionary.com defines a hero as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character.
A true hero is someone who gives of themselves for the benefit of others, sometimes at great personal risk. There are many in our community who have given parts of their lives in the service of our country regardless of the risk. There are those who have chosen a career of community service – Law enforcement, First Responders and Fire Fighters are examples. All these people have given freely of themselves for the benefit of others. These are a few examples of what we can all recognize as heroes, but we do not usually honor them for their service.
If you save a person from a car accident or give CPR to someone you would be recognized for heroism. The person who donates blood to help others is a hero. A person who may donate an organ or bone marrow is a hero. Are these very special people any more heroic then the others who served us?
Sent 2020-03-21: SUNSHINE HEROES -
As another winter season comes to a close, I just want to give you all a reminder about the SUNSHINE HEROES wall. In case you haven’t seen it, the wall is up in Retzlaff Hall and has 41 names on it. Those of you who have made a pledge for this project, I will be coming around this week to collect. I want to thank all those who have donated to this project both monetarily and with their time and labor. The applications are still available from Valerie in the SEPO office. When you complete your application return it to Valerie along with your picture. If you do not have a picture or prefer a current picture be sure to check the box on the form that you will need a picture taken. I will be contacting you upon my return in the fall to take a current picture for this book.
Remember as we travel home to be safe and when you get there find your favorite picture of you or your spouse, in uniform or not, to be placed in the book that is placed with the display wall.
I want to have this SUNSHINE HEROS display to represent all of the people who served.
Jim Tennant 4161 N Missouri (616)866-9960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvation Army Bell Ringing (Nov 27, 2020)
Sent 2020-11-22: Bell Ringing -
Hi Everyone, Due to a lack of interest, we will not be ringing bells at Wal-Mart on the 27th. If you're feeling generous this year, please remember the Salvation Army. Thanks, Marian and Sally
Sent 2020-11-14: Salvation Army Bell Ringing -
For several years, we here at Sunshine have been bell ringers for the Salvation Army. Our usual day is the day after Thanksgiving. This year, Sally Dronen and I will be coordinating this event.
Due to covid-19 and people being laid off, the food banks are low on food. 100% of the money collected stays in the valley.
The North and South side doors at Wal-Mart have been reserved for our group. One or two people at each door, for one hour, are needed to ring the bells.
The times are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. There will be a signup sheet in the library on the 14th. The date to ring bells is Friday, November 27, 2020.
The Salvation Army will provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment like gloves, masks, hand sanitizer), but if we supply our own, they can save their supply for others.
Questions: Sally Dronen 479-531-3421 or Marian Young 719-468-4556
Thanks in advance,
Sent 2020-10-01: Sunshine National Night Out -
Sunshine National Night Out: (Oct 8, 2020)