On Cinco de Mayo we celebrated our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on a warm evening on the Activity Patio. Las Delicias, a local restaurant in the area, graciously donated all of the delicious food. With colorful decorations adorning the tables and trees and a table of delights, it was a perfect recipe for a great time. Mother Mary Thomas personally thanked the volunteers on behalf of the Little Sisters, and gave door prizes to all those who attended, giving special recognition to those who gave more than 100 hours of service last year. To bring a little cheer of the Little Sisters to their own homes, they were given flower pots with colorful pansies donated from Home Depot. One guest commented that,“It was nice meeting other volunteers,” especially since many of them have never met since they come in at different times. It was also a final opportunity to say good bye to Mother Mary Thomas, who is being transferred to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
With over 100 active volunteers that have donated a total of 7,000+ hours in 2011 alone, they have generously given of their time to everything from meal service, folding laundry, to assisting the activity department with their events and projects. Without their hard work and donated time, we would not be where we are today!