County thrives because of volunteer work

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a volunteer as a person who does work without getting paid to do it.
Thursday, the men and women who are responsible for the daily activities and special events at the Senior Center of South Pearl River County were honored for their many contributions to seniors. The majority of volunteers are seniors.
Visiting the senior center is a joy. There is always laughter, smiles and, occasionally, someone singing karaoke.
The selfless acts that transpire throughout this county do not end at the center.
Students from Pearl River Central High School volunteered their time and efforts to present the colors and serve meals to those gathered.
Similarly, there are volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of lost, abandoned or abused animals.
They often spend many hours driving to an animal’s location, providing proper medical care and speaking to government leaders about changing the state’s animal cruelty laws.
There are many civic organizations whose members also donate their time for the greater good.
Food pantries such as Crossroads, Brother’s Keeper and Picayune Care Ministries provide meals for hungry families.
Manna Ministries provides medical care for those who can’t afford it.
There are many other acts of volunteerism that anyone can participate in, whether you belong to one of these groups or not.
If you see a piece of trash, pick it up and throw it away in a garbage can. You would be doing your part to keep our county beautiful.
Or it can be as simple as helping someone put groceries into their car.
Joining a civic organization is another way to give back. Do some research and find out what club would best suit your schedule and interests. This county is better because of its volunteers.

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