Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

My Thanks; for Needy, 2,668 Volunteers Provide Time, Talent, Resources

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

My Thanks; for Needy, 2,668 Volunteers Provide Time, Talent, Resources

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On behalf of the Nassau County Volunteer Center, the Barnabas Center, Head Start programs (Callahan and Peck locations), Family Support Services, Sutton Place, Nassau County Health Department (Healthy Families), Boys & Girls Club in Fernandina Beach, Toys for Tots, the Nassau County Council on Aging and the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, I want to thank the 2,668 volunteers who gave their time, talent and resources to make sure our needy neighbors in Nassau County had a great holiday season.

This was the 18th year of the Volunteer Center's holiday program and far surpassed our expectations. More than 300 families for a total of 860 recipients were helped by donors. Of those people served, 550 were children and 80 elderly families, who were either adopted by donors, received gifts from Wal-Mart angel tree, school, youth and church groups or attended parties given for them. Thousands of pounds of food collected was distributed to elderly and families with children.

The response to our holiday program is an example of the kindness of the citizens in our community toward their fellow neighbors. These donor volunteers were female and male of all ages, ethnicities and creeds. Local businesses, civic, church, youth, government and individuals spent countless hours and thousands of dollars to help the needy.

Thanks are also due the agencies' staffs and volunteers who each year work long, hard days and often into the night to help make this program a success. And, of course, thanks to the Volunteer Center's volunteers who shopped for and wrapped gifts, prepared food baskets and delivered food and gifts to recipients.

Gail Shults

Executive Director, Nassau County Volunteer Center


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