Sept. 28: 4th Annual Hands Across
Santa Paula to honor ‘Quiet Heroes’

September 19, 2014
Santa Paula News

The fourth annual community gathering centered on kindness will be held Sunday, September 28 this year “Honoring Quiet Heroes” - and that includes many people according to Hands Across Santa Paula Remembering the Spirit of Kindness Founder Beverly Samantha “Sammi” Frady.

The multifaceted gathering will be held at 3 at Veterans Park and feature artwork, music, and short speeches about those Quiet Heroes being honored.

“This is an event about kindness, children, animals and many of the wonderful volunteers in our city,” said Frady.

“This year I am honoring those who give of their time, gifts and talents in helping others. Having been a volunteer myself for so many years I can tell you nobody does it to be thanked, and many of these people to be honored would never even agree to be thanked.

“Kindness and smiles are contagious... ever try to not return a smile given? Even though we may not know that person, or know why we are doing it,” Frady said, “we always find ourselves smiling back. 

“When someone does something nice for you, you usually reply with a thank you. This year’s event honors people who volunteer, who go that extra mile in helping others and doing it all very quietly. You will never hear any of the ‘Quiet Heroes’ we are honoring say very much about what they do, they just do it.”

And this year, said Frady, “I would like to repay that kindness, love and respect, and often the hard work described as a labor of love, by offering them a huge thank you for all they do.”

The event will feature its traditional elementary school art and wishes contest this year featuring about 900 displays that will decorate Veterans Park. Glen City, Mupu, Briggs and Olivelands students are participating creating art and at a times poignant wishes ranging from world peace to a parent finding work. Frady is urging parents to bring their cameras to photograph their child with their art display.

Pastor Jenny Crosswhite will offer the opening prayer and Hector Sanchez will lead the crowd in singing The National Anthem; speakers include Supervisor Kathy Long (who will give certificates for all student participants), Councilman Martin Hernandez and SPPD Reserve Lt. Brad Tallent. 

Santa Paula Fire Chief Rick Araiza and Police Chief Steve McLean will also offer comments  and public safety personnel including the popular Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Canine known  “To take a bite out of crime” will be on hand.

And speaking of animals, real adoptable dogs will also be on hand at a SPARC (Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center) booth, the Mercer-Prieto VFW Post #2043 Color Guard, “A great band, Blue by Morning who fills the air with wonderful voices and beautiful music... and for all Island lovers, we will also be entertained by Kealoha & Company ... Expressions of Polynesia.”

Representatives of Ventura College East Campus Santa Paula Relay for Life, The Arc of Heritage Valley, SPIRIT of Santa Paula, SPPD Citizen Patrol, Reserve Sgt. Dave Curran and Melanie Curran with the SPPD Explorers and SPPD Reserve Officers will also be in attendance.

Bob Allen of will film the event for online viewing on demand.

As always “Hands Across Santa Paula” is free to the public.

Frady said even putting on the celebration demonstrates how many quiet heroes are out there: “Just about everyone I’ve talked to have been so helpful,” volunteering time, labor and materials to help make the event a success.

And just by the virtue by having an event that centers on helping others, Frady said, “Perhaps we can even get a little more kindness that we can spread around the community... “

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