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We’re rather fortunate at Heart to Heart that so many volunteers come out to help us at our Global Distribution Center.  Many times it’s school groups, Scouts, civic groups, religious institutions and of course individuals.  How about the families?

Today we kicked off something new for Summer — Family Volunteer Day! This will be a monthly event, held in the morning of the third Thursday of the month at our distribution center, during the Summer while the kids are out of school.

For this first Family Volunteer Day, two families came out to lend a hand. First they took a tour of the GDC to learn about our operations and to get an idea of just how much medicine and medical aid Heart to Heart handles and distributes through our global network.

From there, they got to work in our Care Kit assembly area.  Today, we needed individual items sorted; bandages counted out to 10 and sealed in a baggie and toothpaste taken out of the box.  Those toothpaste boxes then go into the recycling bin.

While they worked, we learned some of what brought these folk out to volunteer.  Alisha came with her son Ashton, a 6th grader.  She is a Family Medicine Resident and was looking for a way to put in some service hours. She said the Family Volunteer Day “is a nice introduction to what you do.”

Across the table sat Amy, along with her two sons George, 9, and Johnny, 7.  She also brought along a neighbor’s daughter, 12 year old Elisabeth.  Amy says they had planned to come volunteer with a school group earlier in the year but the scheduling didn’t work out.  So here they were!

George explained that he’s working on earning more community service hours, that are tabulated at his Blue Valley District school.  He’s up to 10 hours already and hopes to earn more than a bronze medal this school year. His thoughts on volunteering at the GDC: “It’s cool. I like all the flags.”

To bring your family out to volunteer with Heart to Heart, please send an email to GDC Volunteer Coordinator Jen Mellard at Jen.Mellard@HearttoHeart.org

-DW HHI

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