Friday, December 7, 2018

The Gift of Time

Time is the most precious commodity, the giving of one’s time in their community bestows many blessings and helps communities thrive. As the Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, I am in awe of the time many volunteers donate throughout their communities. As the holidays approach many organizations will hold community events to collect donations from canned goods to new toys and Dove Inc. is no exception. Agencies ask you to help purchase items needed to make a family’s holiday just a little brighter, a little more hopeful, filled with a little more love,  and boy do you ever rise to the occasion, and for that we are thankful but, we also cannot create the magic of Christmas for those in need without the gift of time from volunteers.

 As Christmas speeds towards us Dove Inc and Northeast Community Fund work together to make magic for more than 350 families. We accomplish this because of the time, gifts, and money so many donate. We have several volunteers who come to help year after years like Ms. Patty who sorts, counts, and pairs gloves and hats together, or past employees Theresa and Brandy who still find a way to be a part of Christmas Baskets every year, or Ms. Mona who comes and does whatever is asked of her. We have some wonderful and dedicated volunteers, but we can always use more. That is where you come in; we are encouraging you and your family to give the gift of time this Christmas. You are invited to share your time and help us make Christmas a little brighter for those in need.  

Volunteers are needed, and there are lots of opportunities for you and your family to get involved. December 17, 18, & 19 volunteers and staff will be sorting, counting, and shopping. December 19 & 20 volunteers and staff will be assembling gift baskets. Delivery Day is on December 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. and running until all baskets have been delivered (approximately noon) to families. You will start your day at Northeast to pick up the food portion of the Christmas basket and then head to First United Methodist Church for the toys before delivering to a family in need. There is no better feeling than to spread the gift of joy, won’t you share some time?
Charlie Gillaspie
RSVP Program Director

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