"It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime..."
Today we woke up to another cool, cloudy and rainy morning. It being Friday though, we didn't have to worry about home repair sites being rained out. Today volunteers took part in many activities throughout the county, working with other agencies and lending a hand.
It was distribution day at the Itmann Food Bank so several volunteers got up early and headed to Mullens to help out with pushing buggies, filling boxes and helping with clothes. The volunteers saw over 100 people come in to get their monthly allowances.
Another group headed to St. Vincent DePaul to help take some items to the dump, paint the door, as well as tear out an old bathroom in the warehouse that we will be using as storage over the winter. A lot got done in a short while, the warehouse looks great!
Today was also the final day of the Hanover Basketball Camp. Although the numbers were not as high as we had hoped, the kids (locals and PVs kids alike) learned a lot from Coach D. We wanted to give a special thanks to Coach D for giving us a week of his time this summer and sharing his love of basketball!
The afternoon also saw volunteers heading to Mullens for a big game of Banana BINGO at Mullens Manor. After the bananas were won, volunteers painted nails for any and all that asked.
Volunteers also spent some time visiting some of the people they had met in previous summer. These reunions are always a highlight of the week for everyone.
We had a "new" for dinner tonight. We were able to eat the meal that was prepped for last night before the power went off. It was especially new because the volunteers who prepared the meal left this morning and missed eating their "work." We all enjoyed the lasagne, salad and garlic bread. Delicious!
Tonight's reflection was a closing service. We reflected on the idea of sand and how volunteering is like sand, it gets in every crevice and stays with you. We shared an experience that was like sand for us. It was a nice sharing and a good way to end the week.