Volunteer Spotlight

mom-1This last July our dear friend and volunteer Dodie passed away at the ripe young age of 99 years old. I often think of the sparkle she had in her eyes, her warm smile and the zest she had for living. She often spoke of what a wonderful life she had lived, so much loving for her family and friends, never having any pain and always feeling full with love and a pure joy for living.

My relationship with Dodie began about 20 years ago. She was the mother of one of my dearest friends Bettie who was on the board of Childbirth Connection Foundation and she often came to gatherings and activities that we all did together including our annual Easter egg hunt, visiting the pumpkin patch and our holiday party. Also we were able to spend personal time together over the years, getting to know each other and attending many lovely afternoons at tea parties and evenings at concerts where we were all together! She always looked adorable, very put together with a spring in her step. She always seemed much younger than she actually was. Her famous saying that I would hear her say over and over again through the years was ” it’s all about attitude and gratitude” and whenever she said that, she would giggle.

I don’t remember the year she started wrapping Christmas gifts for our Foundation. But early on after the Foundation was formed and we started having our annual Holiday party, we needed volunteers and she let me know that she wanted to wrap all the Christmas gifts. All we had to do was deliver them to her house with wrapping paper and tape and she would do the rest. It had to be early on in 2006 that she took on this huge endeavor of wrapping the packages for all the children we gave presents to each and every year. Since we were working with about 50 families, there were so many gifts!! At least 100, maybe more! And she wrapped each one beautifully with such loving care…How did she do it? That was the thing. She did it with such love, we named her as our official gift wrapper! And just like that she became one of our first volunteers since 2006 until the last few years when we recruited another volunteer, my mother in law Marion (now 88 years young) to assist her. She continued to attend our annual events. She loved coming to the holiday party and watching Santa give out all the presents she had wrapped!

Everyone who knew Dodie felt blessed to have known her. We loved having her be a part of things and we are feeling her absence and missing her.

Thank you Dodie! We love you and will always remember you!

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pics060I have been volunteering being Santa for The Childbirth Connection for the past three years. Each year has been very interesting and fulfilling for me. I remember the first year I was a bit nervous. Randi the director of the foundation was encouraging me to say the traditional HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas greeting which I have to admit I was a bit intimidated and shy about it but eventually as the kids cheered for Santa I felt better and more at ease. The second and third year were much better, still a bit shy but much more comfortable. Overall, I’ve enjoyed all three years seeing the kids’ happiness: their smiles, their tears and excitement. The joy that brings the parents when they see their children jump for joy when they see Santa is priceless. Its very rewarding and I’m happy that I’ve been able to have the opportunity of making the parents and their children happy. Looking forward to the next year…

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Volunteer Spotlight

Dodie, 95 years young has been an inspiration to us all. She has been Santa’s helper, for many years, by wrapping presents for all the children who attend our annual holiday party. She also helps with serving the food and was a volunteer for us even before we became a foundation and has been a contributor from the beginning. She always has a smile on her face and is always ready to help. Dodie states, “I find it a pleasure to wrap the gifts for the children”. Thank you Dodie for all the years of help, we’re glad you are part of our Childbirth Connection Foundation family.

Thanks to Our Past Volunteers:

Richard Silverman served as Santa for 8 years at our annual Holiday party where we give out presents to all of the clients and their children. He also volunteered as a mentor. Here is what Richard shared with us during his time at Childbirth Connection.

“I am a 46 year old divorced father of one 17 year old son. The time I spend helping out Childbirth Connection is very rewarding to me. We all have our own things in life going on but is so great to see the joy and laughter in the faces of the people that are being helped by spending some time with them. The reward of doing the volunteer work is so much more to me because of all the hectic and sometime not so wonderful things that go on in the world today. I look forward to the times that I get to spend with the people that I am working with. It is a good feeling to know that you are helping someone to better their life and in the same way making you feel good too.”

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