Time to show pride, 'Love Patterson'
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There’s no question Patterson has faced a slew of challenges in recent years, given the economic downturn and the resulting housing bust, but a rich community spirit here persists through the toughest of times.

As readers flip through the pages of this week’s edition of the Irrigator, they will find examples of current and former residents who have given back to their community — high school coaches, local repertory theater volunteers and the comforting friends of Gabriel Barajas Jr., who was killed in a weekend auto crash.

Neighborly spirit will be on full display April 27 in a project dubbed Love Patterson, and we hope to see widespread participation.

Activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon that day cover a gamut of activities, including collecting food for meals at Hammon Senior Center, building a fence at the Westside Animals for Adoption animal shelter and writing letters to soldiers, police officers and firefighters.

Love Patterson participants can also get involved in other community service events scheduled that morning, such as walking in the Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer patients and research, and planting a garden at the Helping Others Sleep Tonight homeless shelter, which is scheduled to have an open house.

The campaign is patterned after the wildly successful annual Love Modesto event started by Big Valley Grace Community Church in 2009. Since that time, the Love Our Cities campaign has grown to include nearly 40 communities throughout the state, including all of the cities in Stanislaus County.

While the events are sponsored by area churches, people of all beliefs are welcome to participate.

It’s encouraging to see the support the campaign already has garnered from Patterson City Council members, and we hope to see a big turnout.

Look at the projects listed online at www.lovepatterson.com and get involved. These events form the glue that holds a community together. Let’s make the inaugural Love Patterson event a day that will not soon be forgotten.

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