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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Liz MoralesMembers of the Eagles Auxillary dropped off 32 bookbags for California Elementary students last week. The Eagles will soon have a new membership drive for any individuals interested in joining.

Giving back to the community is one of the most important parts of being a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. This only makes sense, as their motto is "people helping people."

Realizing this adage, Judy Bolinger and Carolyn Hall were curious as to how they could help the California school district.

"We want to get involved with the schools," Bolinger said. "We want to help support the students, teachers and administrators in any way that we can."

This wish led Bolinger to ring up California Elementary School principal Gary Baker and ask what his campus was missing.

"He told me they have this storage closet here full of supplies for the kids," Bolinger said. "He said there was a lot of stuff in there, but only about four backpacks. So today, we're donating 32 of them."

The morning of Aug. 30 saw Bolinger and Hall bring in backpacks of all shapes, sizes and designs to fill that closet.

"It's really exciting to be able to do this," Hall said. "We know there are needs for different things in the middle and high schools too, but this is a good start."

Hall and Bolinger added the Eagles Auxiliary will soon have a new membership drive for those interested in joining. They also said their new building should be ready for tours come the Ham and Turkey Festival Sept. 21.

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