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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Community Spirit Comes in many forms

Let me begin by saying thank you to all that participated in the Second Annual Boat Parade. It was a great experience once again for me and I hope all of you will mark your calendars for next year. We will return to having the parade on the Fourth of July again and we are already thinking of ways of improving the experience for everyone. If you have suggestions on how to improve it, please let me know. We always welcome suggestions…

On another note, I have been reading about a young boy in our community named Payton Overton and how so many people have come together to help this young man in his fight against leukemia.
There have been numerous fundraisers and events in honor of  Payton to help his family with medical expenses.

Currently, he is in Birmingham undergoing more treatments and according to his facebook.com fan page (Search Prayers for Payton) he will be there for 100 days.

I can’t imagine what his family is going through, but I am truly impressed by the community support they are receiving. The fundraisers and events will continue to grow as more people hear his story. I for one will be doing what I can to help the family and I encourage each of you to do the same.

Payton’s wish is to have a house he can live in when he comes home. Currently, the family is staying with other relatives because their home is not in the best condition for someone that has a severely weakened immune system. Operation Payton’s Place grew from this wish and plans are being explored on how best to make this wish a reality for Payton and his family. If you would like to help, donations are being accepted at any SmallTown Bank branch location (You can see locations on page ??).

Payton continue fighting because there are a lot of people praying for you and ready to help make your dream come true...



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