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Over one million reasons to give

By Amy Roberts
Park Record columnist 

We've all heard "pay it forward" stories. The woman who bought a latte for the driver in the car behind her in a Starbucks drive thru, inspiring that driver to do the same, creating a chain reaction. The man who noticed a parking meter was about to expire and put a few quarters in it to save the car's owner from an expensive ticket. The child who asked friends to bring an item to donate to a local shelter instead of a gift to her birthday party.

These random acts of kindness can cause positive ripple effects and restore our faith in the human spirit. Paying it forward has become somewhat of an international movement over the last few years. And this Friday, we all have a chance to be part of it on a local level.

Live PC Give PC runs from midnight to midnight on Nov. 4. And for many of us, we'll be giving back just as much as we are paying it forward.

It would be difficult to find anyone who has spent more than a few hours in our town who has been untouched by a local nonprofit.

These random acts of kindness can cause positive ripple effects and restore our faith in the human spirit.

There's our hiking and biking trails maintained by the Mountain Trails Foundation. These trails connect throughout pristine open space courtesy of Summit Land Conservancy. Paws For Life gets a nod for providing us with adoptable four-legged friends who often join us on those mountain adventures.

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If you've ever been down on your luck or between jobs and needed to see a doctor, People's Health Clinic has been our community safety net for healthcare. It teams up with The Hope Alliance to provide prescription eyeglasses for those in our community who cannot afford them.

There's the Recycle Center whose employees are always happy to collect our empty bottles after a long weekend of celebration. They also work to keep our waterways clean and free of toxic chemicals.

While results from the national election will flood mainstream media, if you want to know who will be your next County Councilman or School Board representative, KPCW will bring you those results as they come in.

Places like the Kimball Arts Center and Alf Engen Ski Museum keep us entertained and enrich our lives, as do the concerts and performances put on by the Park City Institute.
PC Tots cares for our children while parents are at work, and the Youth Sports Alliance introduces them to athletic programs that develop their confidence and keep them active.

The list goes on. If there's a need, this town has an organization to help. In fact, there are over 100 nonprofits participating in this year's Live PC Give PC, which is spearheaded by another nonprofit, the Park City Community Foundation.

This year, they hope to raise $1.5 million in 24 hours. It's a lofty goal, but an attainable one. At least if we all chip in and do our part to pay it forward. Or, if you've benefitted from a local nonprofit (and who hasn't?) consider Friday your chance to give back a little.

To learn more about the Live PC Give PC campaign and search for your favorite cause, visit: http://www.livepcgivepc.org now, and donate on Nov. 4.

Amy Roberts is a freelance writer, longtime Park City resident, and the proud owner of two rescued Dalmatians, Stanley and Willis. The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the writer. Follow her on Twitter @amycroberts.

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