Results of community-wide efforts to show support of local needs and agencies are still coming in this week, after the fourth annual Power of Florence was held Saturday, July 19. Dozens of volunteers worked throughout the city cleaning, sweeping and fundraising. Photos above show, clockwise from left to right, Little Libraries, a free resource for readers; Kaylee Graham, event organizer, with friends; Florence Food Share booth, where $216 and 848 pounds of food were collected; dressed for manmade rain, a worker power washes monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park; the family of a Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador cleans up the sign and exterior of the Visitors Center; and a crew from the Rotary Club spruces up the yard and exterior of Quality Child Care of Florence. Other volunteers cleaned up trash on Highway 126 — nine members of Democracy Watch picked up 14 bags of trash; a youth group from California cleaned up the fields and parking lot surrounding the old Florence Cinemas, now City Lights Cinemas; youngsters selling lemonade earned $161, while other workers collected 1,149 pounds of pet food and sold $828 in hot dogs and hamburgers for the Florence Area Humane Society; Kaylee Graham raised $378 selling T-shirts, which she will donate to the Oregon Coast Military Museum. Florence United Methodist Church raised about $300 during a pancake breakfast; about 15 people gathered on Heceta Beach dunes to pull Scotch broom; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes raised $550 at their car wash, among many more events and accomplishments. More photos from Power of Florence will be posted on the photo gallery at www.TheSiuslawNews.com.For the complete article see the 07-23-2014 issue.
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