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Posted Friday, July 1, 2011, at 8:18 AM

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.

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Makes perfect sense both ways Arley... thanks for the kind words.

Big Chief, my Dad recited books for the blind through the Colorado State Library in Denver way back. I should see if I can find a list of books he did. Might be very interesting listening to me. That kind of volunteering is a great example of another way people can, and do help. Thanks for reading.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 9:58 PM

WOW, I am impressed. I live in Lincoln and since I had to retire early because of medical problems I have been doing volunteer work. I am a volunteer narrator for the Talking Books & Braille service administered by the Nebraska Library Commission. I have been doing this for eleven years and I love it. Our volunteer narrators read a large selection of periodicals and books so they can be sent out to patrons who are visually impaired or cannot read normally due to a disability. I love to read and as I get older and my eyes get weaker I realize how precious it is to be able to read a book. I hope I never need the service but it is comforting to know that it is available if needed. The service is free to those who qualify and I believe the special equipment is provided free of charge and mailing is also free. Any students that will be attending college at UNL or one of the other Lincoln colleges that might be interested in volunteer work should contact:


Annette Hall, Volunteer Services Coordinator


1200 N St. Suite 120 Lincoln NE 68508

-- Posted by Big Chief on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 7:25 PM

Oopps, I twisted my words a bit in my first paragraph and it does not make the sense I thought it would. ...""Volunteers"" keep the wheels well oiled, and life much better, be it Hospital, Church, or Organization. ...(Hope that makes more sense)

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 3:14 PM

Well Said, Brian. Well Done, Annie Morse, and others of your ilk; without whom, lonely stays at the hospital, Church, or organization, would be less effective, lonelier, or more sterile. No, I'm not putting down the over-worked providers of care, who have little time for the nice, little things, that makes a sickness, or injury, a bit easier to cope with.

We celebrate the military who's 'service' gave us Freedom, through their blood, but we must not forget all of those others, in the less lighted corners, who also keep this nation Free, and a wonderful place to live.

This week-end, why don't we simply congratulate/thank every person we meet, for having a part in our freedom. Those who do have a part, will appreciate the recognition, and those who don't, may wake up, to start being a part of this wonderful Nation.

Even if it only increases wellbeing a tad, a tad of water is a great swig, in a dessert.

Thanks, Brian, you are a blessing, to our community and country.

We all need be a blessing before our God, to our country, community, and fellow man. AMEN

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 3:10 PM

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