Yakima-based Haney Trucking is hauling a load of Yakima's help for firefighters battling the Okanagan Complex, but it's taken some serious volunteer efforts to get the donated food, clothing and other supplies packed and loaded up.

Fortunately, local Mormons have stepped it up, and they deserve our thanks.

I was raised Mormon. Heck, I almost went on a mission to preach the Word of God. I have changed my path a little in life, but what has made me compassionate and caring is that my mom and dad raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons are very family-oriented.

So thanks to the Mormons -- and thanks, Mom and Dad!