What would be do without our volunteers.
That was the theme of volunteer recognition events at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society and Rosewood Manor this week, both in recognition of National Volunteer Week.
At Good Sam, Pat Rouse, a 30-year employee of Good Sam, was honored as Good Samaritan's Volunteer of the Year for going above and beyond, holding a painting session for residents every Wednesday afternoon.
Rouse has also been there helping with children's face painting at Family Fun Night.
At Rosewood Manor, all volunteers were honored equally. Especially moving were heartfelt presentations and performances by residents Alice Bradeen, Rev. Virgil Anderson, Eunice Wee and Wayne Ware - true testaments to the impact volunteers have on residents' lives.
No one of can realize how great that impact really is. Only the residents of Good Sam and Rosewood can tell us that.
You can tell it from the look in their eyes though - the glimmer that shows when children from local schools come to read with them or sing to them, or when someone comes to help with woodworking, tying quilts, writing memoirs or helping with crafts.
It's really all about making a family, an extended family that needs no blood ties to be a family.
Yes, these volunteers most definitely deserve to be honored.