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Modified: Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2013

Hundreds of residents responded July 20 to the now annual event, the Power of FlOreNcE, established by Kaylee Graham, 13. Graham sets the tone for the event with the theme, “Each one, one day, making a difference.” Above, a volunteer picks up litter along Highway 126; a Boy Scouts troop lays down mulch on the Lane Community College campus; local firefighters and friends hold a car wash to raise money for the families of the firefighters who died in an Arizona fire last month.

Dozens of events marked Saturday’s third annual Power of Florence, when local organizations and individuals spread out over the town to work, clean up, donate food, raise money and just have fun

Kaylee Graham, founder of the “city-certified” day of giving, was happy with the results.

“I think it was a really good turnout, and a lot of people were at Grocery Outlet,” where store owner Woody Woodbury hosted nonprofit groups’ booths and a car wash.

Kaylee said she really enjoyed the tie-dying booth there, plus she was impressed with the group that hosted Stuff the Bus at Spruce Point, collecting school and sports supplies and personal care items for Siuslaw Outreach Services. Kaylee was interviewed at Grocery Outlet by a reporter from KEZI-TV.

Various fundraisers sold lemonade, T-shirts, chocolate bars, hamburgers and hot dogs and more. People showed up at parks with yard tools to pull weeds and spread bark and to repaint playground courts.

According to Facebook reports, teams of volunteers from Citizens Democracy Watch, Florence Area Democrats and Peace Works picked up litter along six miles of Highway 126. A very busy team of car washers raised $1,117 for the Wildlands Firefighters Association. More than 2,300 pounds of food was donated to Food Share. Florence Area Humane Society received 724 pounds of dry cat and dog food plus 235 cans of wet food, and one kitten was adopted. The day was topped with a free concert at Miller Park.

For the complete article see the 07-24-2013 issue.

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