Thomas S – Individual Volunteer

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Volunteer Since

August 2019

Loves Serving During

Christmas Giveaway

Rate Volunteer Experience

Best

Minnie’s is important to the community because:

The hope and positive light it provides people that are in dire circumstances. No matter the issue, or station in life, come as you are and we will feed you.

Favorite Minnie’s Story

I served on Christmas Eve and it was a wonderful experience. Giving away so many toys and bikes and seeing the impact on children's lives and the gratitude on the parent’s faces was a memory I will never forget. But for me the greatest part was a month later on a Saturday, a woman really needed to talk to me. I was helping others with forms and someone came and got me and said this woman insists on speaking to you. So I walk over and she looks me straight in the eye and says "Tom you were instrumental in getting my nephew a bike on Christmas Eve and I just wanted to personally thank you. Can I give you a hug?" She had tears in her eyes and as I hugged her, so did I.

What do you love most about Minnie’s

The people and the energy I get from interacting with and helping others. The people who come in for service are always thankful, but they don't know how much it helps me to make a small difference in their lives.

I started to volunteer at Minnie's as part of a larger plan to battle back from a serious depressive episode. There is no way to express how much I have personally benefited from volunteering at Minnie's every week. It has made me a more patient, caring person and my world view has changed from one of attitude to one of gratitude. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of a wonderful organization that does so much for the community - and for me.