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Letters to the Editor published Jan. 18, 2012
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Battle of Badges owes great deal of thanks

Editor, Ceres Courier,

On Monday, Jan. 9, the Ceres Code Enforcement Division hosted a Blood Drive titled, "Battle of the Badges." All blood donations made at the drive were credited monetarily towards treatment for former Modesto California Highway Patrol Officer, Suerita Salas, who is battling cancer. The blood donated at the event will be used at local area hospitals in our community to help save lives. Members of the public and employees of the city of Ceres turned out to support Suerita and their community by donating blood. Thanks to the generous donors we exceeded our goal and helped to stock the blood supply in our community.

On behalf of the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Committee, I would like to give a special thank-you to the following local area businesses for their extremely generous support and donations for this event. Thanks to their generosity every donor received either a gift pack from Starbucks for a free coffee and individual packs of Starbucks Via or a card from McDonald's for a free Extra Value Meal.

In addition to the gifts for donating, donors were entered into a raffle for some great door prizes. We thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous support and would like to encourage everyone to try out a local business for their everyday needs: B.E.S.T. Chiropractic, Ceres Floral, Donut Town, Glazed Donuts, Hot Dogz Grooming, KFC (Whitmore Ave.), La Cascada, Le Salon, McDonald's (Whitmore Ave.), Prime Shine Express, Quizno's (Mitchell Rd.), Round Table Pizza, Sam and Linda Ryno, Starbucks (Mitchell Rd.), Starbucks (Herndon Rd.), Supermom's Frozen Yogurt and More, The Floral Cottage, Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming, and Walmart.

I would also like to personally thank Donna, the store manager of Starbucks, located on Herndon Road, for going above and beyond and to the store manager of Cost Less Foods, Del Ambris, for posting a sign-up sheet at the business and to a number of the store employees who showed up to donate.

Thanks to the support of the local businesses, we were able to give out door prizes to every donor who showed up.

Paula Redfern,

Code Enforcement Officer,

Ceres Department of Public Safety

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