I’m Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Door County.
I was recently at the Dorchester Golden Living Center with the Sunrise School Ambassadors making door decorations and playing Bingo with the residents. The students chose this project themselves and I wanted the residents to know why, so they all went around the room telling their individual reasons for wanting to come and visit. One of the students shared that her grandmother is in a nursing home out of town and that she doesn’t get to see her that often. She said that she misses her a lot and then she started to cry. The residents, without hesitation, hugged her and told her that they’d be her “adopted grandmas” because a lot of them didn’t get to see their grandchildren that often either.
This moment reminded me that one of the best parts of volunteering is that it frequently meets the needs of both the volunteer and the people that you’re serving. There are plenty of ways to make a difference in this world and the holidays give us even more opportunities to do just that.
Feed My People has an “Adopt a Family” program where you can purchase gifts and clothing for needy families while HELP of Door County is collecting gift cards to distribute to those in need. Toys for Tots boxes can be found throughout the county and the Salvation Army is busy ringing its bells. There are trees filled with names of both children and seniors at Bay Pharmacy and the Wellness Center looking for people to purchase a gift or two so that there’s something under the tree for those struggling this Christmas. And, don’t forget, there are plenty of nursing homes and assisted living facilities whose residents would welcome a visit from you or your family.
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So to all of those who have volunteered throughout the year, to the nonprofit agencies that continue to provide invaluable services, and for all of those who continue to support the Volunteer Center, we thank you. Wishing you the happiest and most peaceful of holiday seasons, I’m Pam Seiler with the Volunteer Center, guest reporting for DoorCountyDailyNews.com.