“Volunteers cannot be underestimated,” shared Jessica Thursby, “The Ark was built by volunteers. The Titanic was built by professionals!”
Thursby, Mercy’s Volunteer & Dental Coordinator, is known for bringing laughs, but today she also brought Hawaii! She decorated Mercy’s quarterly Volunteer Luncheon in the spirit of a Hawaiian Luau, complete with luau background music!
Fun was had, games were played, and gifts taken home after guests enjoyed a spread of BBQ pork, baked beans, cold slaw, deviled eggs, cowboy caviar with chips, potato salad, and a coconut cake topped with 7-minute frosting from Tapa’s eatery in Vidalia.
Carly Benton, Director of TMM, also had this to say, “Romans 12:13 says share with those people who are in need, and practice hospitality. Another scripture that stood out to me today was Romans 15:1 says you who are strong ought to bear with the weak. John 4:19 says we love because He first loved us! Whoever claims to love God, but hates a brother or sister, is a liar. If you can't love a brother or sister who you have seen, how can you love a God you have not seen?
That's exactly what we try to do here at TMM," continued Benton. "Our mission is to transform lives by putting God's love into action. You are all the hands and feet that help make that happen through all the services we provide our patients. I don't know if y'all realize this or not, but there are free and charitable clinics all around the country like us, and we all operate differently, but our heart is mostly the same by caring for people and filling in a gap in the healthcare system by taking care of the underserved and uninsured. Mercy originally began as a Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) program, which has a network of clinics all across the nation.
In 2016 the VIM clinics serves an estimated 95,000 patients with more than 400,000 patient visits. There were more than 10, 500 volunteers who made that possible. We are not alone. We are part of a huge network across the county. None of it would be possible without volunteers! And, we at Mercy would not be able to make a splash in our community without all of you!"
Benton shared a poem for Mercy's volunteers...
Dedicated hearts like yours are not so easy to find
It takes a special person to be so generous and kind
To care so much for your fellow man is a quality all too rare
Yet you give up your time and talents for all in need to share
Thank you for being a volunteer
We're privileged to work with you
We want you to know how appreciated you are,
not just today, but the whole year through!