Through the years, it has been my honor to donate to my community. The requests have come from football leagues, soccer teams, scholarships, charities, and many other worthy projects. I financially support my West Side neighbors in building a better place to live. But this year is different… the need is greater for our families on the West Side. The economy has taken a hit and unemployment is high in our state. The requests for financial aid and food pantry services are 50% more this year in my Senate District. I needed to act. I attended the Kearns Town Council, Taylorsville City Council and West Valley City Council meetings, and donated $500.00 to each. The money will be used for their food pantry and helping people with needs in their communities. I’m happy to say, I have partnered with Smith’s Food Stores and Gines Auto Service and they have stepped up with their generous support of our food banks. I will continue to support my community in their good works, but this year we need to help our friends and neighbors though this rocky time.