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9.2 . CAPE GAZE, ICHday, April 2ff.'NIity'l, 199"[ Helping comes home to Huling Cove volunteers in Lewes By Rosanne Pack "You are God's sunshine. When you look in the mirror, you can tell yourself that you are very im- portant, and you serve a very im- portant role in all of the lives that you touch." That is how Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner welcomed vol- unteers of Huling Cove CHEER center at their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day. As guest speaker, Minner praised the ef- forts of the 96 volunteers who were treated to lunch and awards. She pointed out that the Hulilng Cove volunteers join thousands of other Delawareans who willingly give of themselves each year. She said, "People ask me, 'How do you get people to do so many volunteer projects7' And I tell them that in Delaware, we do it with love. We are unique here. We care about each other; we care about children and people that we don't even know." The volunteers that Minner ad- dressed are involved in a variety of volunteer efforts that include driving senior citizens to appoint- ments, preparing crafts for benefit sales and helping with chores at the Huling Cove Center. Sally Johnson, center director, said, "Most people find a volun- teer job that they are suited to and do it regularly; but each is versa- tile enough, whenever and where ever there is a need, they pitch in:' Johnson said that most of the volunteer jobs that earned honor last week are centered around Huling Cove; however, some hun- orees are from Beebe Medical Center and AARP projects. She said that they wanted to extend their luncheon and day of celebra- tion to volunteers in general. A front desk volunteer, Betty Piper said, "Some people volun- teer almost daily, some less, maybe just a few hours a week. But it's all important. Almost everyone here volunteers in some capacity; everyone likes to help each other." All volunteers contribute Johnson said that a key is to find a job that a person likes and can accomplish with ease and a feel- ing of fulfillment. "There's one man who can only sort silverware; but he's here early every morning to help me out. It's helpful to have people volunteer, and they need it; it makes them feel like they contribute to our life here. We all need that feeling." Johnson said that many of the volunteer efforts actually con- tribute to the financial security of Huling Cove. Volunteers make a variety of items that are sold throughout the year at sales and the Annual Gift Bazaar that is set for the first weekend in June. Some of the craft items end up beautifying the center. At the awards luncheon, each table was decorated with a silk floral arrangement created by vol- unteers. "Most of our craft items are made from things that are do- nated to us," Johnson said. "Silk and Sands donated bunches and bunches of silk flowers and bas- kets. Our crafts people made ter- rific arrangements. We will sell them at the bazaar and that will provide funds for us in several ar- eas." At Huling Cove, flower peo- ple one day may be household ac- cessorizers the next. Receafly, af- ter a day of building and storing floral arrangements, one group of volunteers next turned their tal- ents to creating bathroom tissue holders. With Beatrice Oppelt in- structing the volunteers, coffee cans, wall paper and some contact paper became colorful holders that will store two to three rolls of tissue in an attractive manner. "We do a little bit of every- thing," Oppelt said as she un- locked cabinet to display shelves stocked with handmade jewelry, place mats laminated with greeting cards, floral arrangements and other gift items, all made by Huling Cove volun- tOOlS. Doing God's work These people and the ones who help prepare tables for luncheons, the ones who take a variety of calls to the center; the ones who perform minor repairs around the Rosanne Pack photo Members of the front force at the desk at Huling Cove CHEER Center were among the 96 volunteers recently hon- ored at the Volunteer Appreciation Day. First on the phones end to greet guests are O-r) Doris Robinson, Don Jefferson, center, were all included in Min- ner's words of praise and congrat- ulations. She told the group at Huiing Cove that she learned to appreciate the spirit of volun- teerism from watching her mother help disabled children. "I could not do what my mom did," Minner said. "She had the patience of Job. From you and from my mother, I learned that the hearts that you touch make Delaware a very special place. "You are doing God's work, and you truly enrich someone else!s life as a volunteer." The annual volunteer event at Huling Cove included entertain- ment, refreshments and comments by Sussex County Senior Services (CHEER) executive'direetor, Marlene Littleton, The Cape Hen- lopen Singers and Swingers pro- vided songs, and there was a spe- cial lunch served to all. Johnson said that the awarding of small volunteer pins seemed to symbolize the essence of the day. She said, "I gave out the pins and it meant so much to them. One man told me that it was greater than ifI gave him a $1,000," HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED? AMENT LYNCI00I00! 00ARR A T T O R N E Y S A T L A W NO FEE UNLESS RECOVERY n In Lewes In Wilmington 645-4545 : (800) 773-2599 Saturday, April 26th. 9 a.m,-5 p.m. We are pleased to announce the OPENING of our NEW LG Roadhouse Steak Joint at Midway Shopping C Storewide Door Prizes Free Gifts Refreshments ONE DAY ONLY *Excludes printing, copies and special orders. MIDWAY SUPPLY Where Quality & Customers Meet