750, though an even number, seems odd to me today. You see 750 is the result of dividing 18000 by 24. You may now be wondering why I want to write about the simple math result of 18000 divided by 24, and it's all because of a 1/4 page ad that ran here in the McCook Gazette April 18 on page 6.
The ad shows a drawing of an Angel with the words "Volunteers Are Our Every Day Angels". The entire ad isn't really an ad at all, though I bet the paper charged Community Hospital the same as if it were an ad.
The "ad" goes on to say "We would like to thank all of our Auxiliary members and Volunteers for all that they do", and then lists over 30 names of folks that have given freely of their time for the hospital.
Now here's the 750 part...
Of the 30 plus names listed, several were names with special awards given for the number of hours worked. One person, Annie Morse, volunteered 18000 hours. So Annie has volunteered at Community Hospital right there in McCook the equivalent of 750 24 hour days.
I like math, so let's see now, 750 24 hour days equals 2250 8 hour days. There are about 250 working days a year for everyone except farmers (and volunteers it seems) including paid vacations and sick days. So for our top listed volunteer above, it would take most folks working full time about 9 years on the job.
I've never met Annie Morse, but she has to be some lady. She obviously loves helping people. Here in Cambridge volunteers man the greeters desk and gift shop in the new hospital. Some work at the Thrift Store, and even an out of town volunteer helped paint the food pantry. Many spend time working at their churches in various capacities, and even our town park needs volunteers to keep the flower garden looking great.
Volunteers in the news recently are working on the cleanup of Joplin, Missouri, and thousands are filling and placing sandbags along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Without volunteers, where would we be in times of trouble? Up a creek without a paddle.
This 4th of July weekend, don't forget that the outcome of the Revolutionary War we celebrate was brought about by volunteers.
Have you volunteered lately? Maybe you could find a way... Annie Morse and some other folks sure do.