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Giving can make a difference long after Christmas endsHEARING AIDS FIT FOR A ROCKET SCIENTIST AND THE OTHER 31 MILLION AMERICANS WITH HEARING LOSS.
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Canyon [.ake Fire/EMS has launched its annual membership drive with a mailing of 18,000 letters to lake area residents.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, which contracts with Comal County’s emergency services districts to provide Fire protection and emergency medical service, serves an estimated 25,000 the county residents living in 250 square miles around the lake area.
Its region includes the lake and more than IO miles of the Guadalupe River, which means the services of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS are extended as well to an average of 150,000 tourists per day in the summer months — and many more on a holiday weekend.
Two years ago, voters approved a proposition setting a sales tax and reducing property taxes to pay for public safety coverage.
T he membership program is a voluntary one designed to help raise money to cover budgetary shortfalls in tax revenues, said Fire Chief Shawn Wherry.
“The funds we raise from the membership drive go to our general operations fund budget,” Wherry said. “It helps us meet payroll, pay for insurance coverages and meet our financial obligations throughout the year.
It is the holiday season, and once again you find yourself milling around the malls; looking for the perfect gift to give.
Each year it seems to get a little harder to find that special something without being redundant. Perhaps we should go back to the basics.
Try baking — making a cookie tray, a pie, a cake or something equtilly delicious. Dip pretzels or strawberries iii chocolate or whip up party mix — all ideas that are easy, and children can help.
Try finding decorative silver trays or Christmas tins and jazz them up with bows and silk poinsettias. A gift from your home is more personal than anything store bought, especially when the recipient knows how hectic your schedule is.
When you give this year, do so with a giving heart. Remember, it is not what you spent, hut what you meant. Don’t go overboard, Stay within your means.
Get the children involved: teach them the art of giving. Allow them to dean out their closets and go through their toy chests, keeping in mind that what they place
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■To become a member of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS or to donate, check the appropriate box on the form, make out a check for the appropriate amount to Canyon Lake Fire/EMS and send in the pre-addressed envelope.
The drive, which began with the mailings last week, runs throughout the year. It is not connected to fire or EMS service, Wherry said.
“This is strictly financial support. Theres no obligation to pay to provide services,” Wherry said.
On average, Wherry said, about 3,500 of the mailings are answered by people who chose individual or family memberships or to donate funds to the department.
“We’ll have an initial rush of membership envelopes that come back over the course of two months,” Wherry said. “I still get membership envelopes today from last year’s drive.”
Even those who can’t spend $15 or $25 for individual or family memberships can sometimes afford $5 or $10, Wherry said.
“That money will still add up and give them the benefit of being a member of the organization," he said.
Comal County Emergency Services District 3 President Keith Lewis pointed to the accomplishments of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS over the past year, all of which he said were promised when voters agreed to change the tax structure that supports fire and EMS service at the lake.
The fire department has hired six new personnel, increasing its staffing from six to eight per shift — a 25 percent increase.
It has lured a training officer and created positions for an additional supervisory officer.
Canyon I .ake Fire/EMS also has purchased two new ambulances and a brush truck and has added a tanker and replaced two aging pumper trucks.
“Promises made, promises kept,” Lewis said.
In addition, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS is actively working to reduce its Insurance Service Office rating.
The ISO rating is the figure used by insurance companies to compute homeowners’ insurance rates.
“We are actively working to reduce your homeowners’ insurance rates,” Lewis said. “We would love to be able to do that.”
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in the box is to be given to someone less fortunate.
What I discovered was that I learned a lot from my children.
Life has not hardened their hearts.
Trust, forgiveness and unconditional love is abundant in a child’s heart. You etui see it in their eyes, hear it in their voices, feel it in their embraces.
And once you have been touched by their love, you can only hope that you can nurture their spirit so they can retain it. Our children are reflections of ourselves. So when you look into the mirror, smile and know that every day we can make a difference in our pursuit of personal happiness.
The question is; are you willing to give?