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Why I volunteer

Why I volunteer

To the Editor:

Why do we do it? Why do stand out in the rain, wind, snow, and hot sun for eight hours (sometimes more)? Who are we?

We are the volunteers you see at the Haywood County’s MASSVAX clinics at the fairgrounds. In the time I have been volunteering with the clinics I have talked to other volunteers and feel I can tell you why we do it. We do it because we believe in the need for vaccination to help rid us of COVID-19. We do it because the citizens of Haywood County need us. Without the volunteers there could be no MASSVAX clinics. We do it to help educate the community.

What do we get out of being out there in all types of weather and on our feet for hours on end? We get the “thank yous” from the people receiving the vaccine. It is amazing what a simple and sincere “thank you” does for you. You find yourself with the biggest smile (behind your mask). We get to make a difference in people’s lives. I get a chance to talk to some of the folks while they are waiting in line. We get to laugh with the folks — they may tell a joke or just share an amusing story. Many touch your soul. You cannot put a price tag on what we receive from helping with this effort.

We are blessed with citizens who have thanked us with cookies, breakfast biscuits, fruit, donuts and even chocolate milk! We are blessed with organizations that have provided lunch for all of us. We are blessed to be working with an amazing group of people.

So, as long as the MASSVAX clinics continue you will see us in all types of weather and feeling blessed that we are able to be part of this effort.

Mary Ford


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