Volunteer spotlight: Donna Farmer

Donna Farmer, Divinely Unique Thrift and Gift Shop volunteer, is shown at the Crystal River United Methodist Thrift Store at a recent community outreach event.

Happy Thanksgiving! Of Thanksgiving and gratitude, the Rev. Paulette Pipe wrote: “There is a power in Thanksgiving and gratitude. They are transformative practices that can heal any circumstance, no matter what is going on in the situation or how challenging it is. There is always something about it to give thanks for. In doing so, we can take the focus off what is not working.”

Each month, we list volunteer opportunities for your kind consideration. Please call, and volunteer:

-- The Path is in need of furniture for their shelter, as well as sheets, towels and pillows to sell at their thrift stores. Call 352-527-6500.

-- The Spot Family Center is looking for volunteers for its annual Christmas Jam. Consider volunteering from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Crystal River Church of God at 2180 NW 12th Ave., and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Spot at 405 SE Seventh Ave. in Crystal River. Call 352-794-3870.

-- The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation is in need of volunteers as counselors, client facilitators, technology coordinators, communications coordinators and tax filing. To volunteer, email Karen Mondrall at kmondrall@tampabay.rr.com.

-- Volunteer drivers are needed to drive veterans to appointments at the Gainesville Veterans Administration Medical Center and The Villages Outpatient Clinic. Call 352-746-8005.

-- Mission in Citrus is looking for volunteer local businesses, individuals and churches to adopt our veterans. Call 352-270-4357.

-- Rolling Thunder Motorcycle club are looking for members to help make people aware of the Prisoners Of War/Missing in Action issue, committed to helping veterans from all wars. Call President Bob Bruno at 352-201-1228.

-- The Citrus Springs Memorial Library is in need of volunteers. The library is at 1826 W. Country Club Drive in Citrus Springs. Call 352-489-2313 and volunteer.

-- VITAS Healthcare is looking for volunteers to help terminally-ill patients, through patient care, pet visits, administrative duties, sewing/quilting and veterans care. Call Karen at 352-527-2020.

-- The Key Training Center provides an opportunity for volunteers to be a Santa with their Tree of Hope project that provides gifts to the clients that are not fortunate enough to spend the holidays with their parents. Call 352-795-5541, ext. 312, and volunteer.

Special Needs

-- Citrus County Blessings is in need of nonperishable food donations to send home with children in need. Call 352-341-7707 for a listing of the collection site nearest you.

-- The Inverness Lions Club is taking applications for low-income residents for eye exams, eyeglasses, cataract surgery, retinal detachments, diabetic neuropathies and laser removal of scar tissue through their Lions Club Expanded Vision Care Program. Call the hotline at 352-560-8741.

-- The American Cancer Society Resource Center, at 208 Grace St. in Inverness, has free literature, wigs and head covers. Call 352-362-3603.

-- Crystal River Women of the Moose Chapter 1434 is collecting supplies for the Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection Foundation. Supplies needed include towels and washcloths, bedding blankets, blue Dawn dish detergent, paper towels, leashes and pet shampoo. Items may be dropped off at 1855 S. Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19) in Crystal River.

-- Operation Welcome Home is seeking names of veterans who have served during Operation Freedom. Call Barbara Mills with Operation Welcome Home at 352-422-6236.

-- The YMCA has speakers available by calling Sara Metz at 352-500-9622.

-- The Emergency Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program for those 60 and older is available by calling the Elder Helpline service provider at 800-262-2243.

This column is for and about volunteers. If you or your organization are in need of volunteers and you’d like that need listed, call Ruth Levins at 352-795-3006, or write to her at P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423-0803.

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