Yesterday The Mercy Ministries hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social for its faithful volunteers!
"We're serving up some appreciation!" said Pastor, Clint Hutcheson, and Executive Director, Carly Benton.
And, that's not all that was served up at the summer's event ... Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Thursby, gave away prizes for a drawing and for a game of wits! Pam Langston won a pair of turquoise earrings in the game, and Louise Anderson won a $25 gift card to Lottie's Pocket! Lottie's Pocket provided the homemade ice cream for the event (and they serve up many other yummy dishes each day, as well, if you ever want to check them out).
The volunteers had a great time re-introducing themselves to one another and sharing what brought the to Mercy, and what keeps them there.
"I started volunteering at Mercy because the Holy Spirit told me I needed to get out of my house, and away from my husband who's retired," said volunteer, Ruby Kennedy, followed by a bevy of laughter by all.
"But, ya know," she continued, "it's all about being a Christian. It's all about being able to help somebody. And, I admire The Mercy Ministries for standing in the gap for people who don't have access to medical services. I love being here. Thank you for being The Mercy Ministries."
Other volunteers went on to share their hearts with one another.
"I had lost my life-long passion of nursing, and my life-long love with my husband's passing. God led me to the Mercy Clinic, and that was some place I could go to be of some use," added volunteer, Linda Molton. "Truthfully, I've been blessed here far more than I could ever be a blessing in return. The companionship, and the love, and the graciousness, and the heart of what this organization stands for ... to be just a [small] part of what the Lord is doing here ... it's just amazing."
She's wasn't the only one who felt that way.
"I came to The Mercy Ministries and began volunteering in 2011 .... at that time I was in a situation that I needed a Christian family to help me get through," said volunteer Paula Rogers. "And, well, Mercy [turned out to be that family]."
"Yes," added Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Thursby, "Paula has been volunteering in the Medication Assistance Room."
"And she's been a big help!" added Minnie Hattaway, M.A.P. Room Coordinator.
Appreciation isn't lacking here at Mercy, not even among the volunteers themselves.
"I know one thing for a fact, and I think you know it, too, " added volunteer Louise Anderson. "All of us together make a difference!"
And that, friends, is the cherry on top!
See more photos from the event on our Facebook page here.