I have been fortunate enough to cover a wide variety of topics in my short time at the Herald Democrat. One such topic has been coverage of fundraising events. My first event of this nature was the Real Men Wear Pink kickoff event.

Survivors and warriors against breast cancer told moving stories and participants rallied to the call. Community and business leaders vowed to wear pink on Fridays in October and post pictures. People will then vote on their favorites by pledging $1 to the American Cancer Society.

Next, I was sent to a Relay for Life event. Here participants gathered to form teams and make plans to get the word out. The worldwide event also benefits the American Cancer Society. Volunteers cheerily led discussions and answered questions.

As I am writing this, I’m preparing to go cover the Seeds of Hope Moonlight 5K and FunRun. The fundraiser benefits the Grayson County Crisis Center to help provide services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Participants decked out in glowing attire will pay their entry fee to help provide some small relief to these victims.

Beyond mere dollars, these events raise awareness. One thing I have heard consistently from event coordinators is that the donations are down this year. This is likely due to the necessity of moving allocated charitable dollars to hurricane relief. But even if we are unable to contribute as much monetarily, by participating and spreading the word we can still make a difference.

It is amazing what something as small as sharing a Facebook post or telling a friend about an event can do. One of the great things about living in our area is the strong sense of community. Let’s do all we can to continue working together to affect positive change.

Happy birthday Sunday to Jimmy Joe Apel of Sweetwater; Beth Doty, Willie Johnson, Diametia Haygood, and Buttons Null, all of Sherman; Marie McClendon of Whitesboro; Massey Moore of El Dorado, Ark.; and Juanell Cox.

Happy birthday Monday to Brenda Culp of Southmayd; Pamela Jane Bilger of San Antonio; Beverly Hall Poet of Ponca City, Okla.; Nikila Fletcher and Sterling Jackson, both of Sherman; Bobby Glenn Davidson of Anna; Jason Seyler of Pottsboro; and Renatta Jones of Bells.