Our annual Humor Banquet on Friday the 13th was a great success. We had extra long hot dogs on regular buns with smiley face potato chips for our main course. For dessert, we had fruit mouths made of apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows along with cakes covered in red icing, white chocolate, and fruit rollups that looked just like pizzas. Our drinks were also very funny; they contained Jell-O and had Peeps candy resting on the cups. Mack the balloonist was a success as usual. He is such a great balloon artist, and our residents and guests love watching him make balloon figures for them. He made very detailed animals, baby dolls, and hats out of balloons. We are so grateful that this celebration was such a sensation.
The third week in April is volunteer appreciation week. Friday the 20th, we will have a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at noon. We are excited about taking time to show our volunteers how much they are appreciated.
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone, such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment, are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents, we solve problems, strengthen communities, improve lives, connect to others, and transform our own lives. Over the past two decades we have also seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Comparisons of the health benefits of volunteering for different age groups have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering, whether because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness or because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. The previous information along with additional information on the benefits of volunteering can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/volunteering/benefits.asp.
That being said, we are very grateful for everyone that volunteers at Henrietta Care Center. We are blessed with a wonderful community and county with an amazing support-group and fantastic volunteers.
If you have not volunteered at HCC before and would like to begin coming out and leading activities or volunteering in any other way, please contact Vickie Whitehead. She is always thrilled to add new volunteers to the resident activity schedule.
HCC volunteers who plan on attending the appreciation luncheon on Friday the 20th, please call Vickie at (940) 548-4303 by Wednesday the 18th to RSVP. We cannot wait to show you how much we appreciate you. We are so grateful for all the help we receive from our volunteers. Thank you so much.
Have a great week!