Brittons honored as Good Sam Volunteers of the Year
Pastor Steve Britton of Calvary Baptist Assembly and his wife Kim were honored Friday as Estherville Good Samaritan Society Volunteers of the Year, much to the delight of the many other volunteers attending Friday’s annual volunteer luncheon.
“Just by walking into the building and giving them a smile or holding a hand means the world to them,” said Rhonda Russell, Good Sam volunteer coordinator. “Sometimes all you have to do is sit with someone and it means the world to them.”
In announcing the Brittons as Volunteers of the Year, said Russell, “They share their talents with others. Their spiritual clothesline is starting to go up.”
In addition to visiting residents in the hospital, Russell said the Brittons bring their beautiful music ministry to Good Sam.
“The piano music and the song is absolutely beautiful,” said Russell. “These folks, no doubt, have made a big difference in people’s lives.
Administrator Ashley Clark thanked all volunteers for their contribution through the year – as well as all of Estherville for caring about Good Sam residents.
“We have a community that cares,” Clark said. “You guys are our advocates for our nursing home and you are the advocates for our residents.”
Clark said too how much she valued listening to residents’ life stories.
“I think the thing is the reciprocal feeling that we get. I never realized how many life lessons I would learn. Those little stories stick with us. It is an honor to walk in the door each day and listen to their stories.”
Russell thanked residents as well.
“When you come into this building, it’s not just a building,” Russell said. “It’s their (residents’) house. And they invite us into their home each day. They’re our friends and we love them all.”