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July 2013 Caring for the Carolinas Award Winner

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Jack Roper

Our Caring for the Carolinas Award for the month of July brings us to Mauldin, to the Ray Hopkins Senior Citizens Center. Specifically, we’re here to honor a couple of nice folks, Bill and Florae Helmstetter

Paulette Dunn, Loaves & Fishes, how are you?

Paulette Dunn - Loaves & Fishes

I’m doing great, Jack, how are you?

Jack Roper

Fine, you guys do great things.

Paulette Dunn, Loaves & Fishes

Yeah, we try to feed the hungry, so we rescue food that’s been donated from grocery stores, restaurants, we always need volunteers.

Jack Roper

Bill and Florae, are they good folks to have around?

Paulette Dunn, Loaves & Fishes

Wow, they’re some of our best volunteers. As a matter of fact. Yeah, by the end of this month they will have already rescued 5 thousand pounds of food themselves.

Jack Roper

Marsha Wallace is with us, Dining with Women is the name of your organization.

Marsha Wallace, Dining For Women

Because we use potluck dinners as a format for fundraising. People bring a dish, learn about our featured program of the month and donate what they would have spent if they’d eaten in a restaurant.

Jack Roper

Florae, one of our recipients of our award for this month...

Marsha Wallace, Dining For Women

She’s been a contributor, and a volunteer at our fundraisers, and a magnificent Dining for Women ambassador.

Jack Roper

Ron Young is with us. Ron, the folks that are members here, or really anybody I guess in the community, can reap the benefit of having help preparing taxes?

Ron Young, AARP Senior Tax Program

That’s correct. Bill is a local coordinator here at the Ray Hopkins Center. At the end of the day, he files the taxes electronically, and follows up to make sure there’s no errors, no problems and so forth.

Jack Roper

Marge Carroll is with us, and you’re the lady that emailed us about Bill and Florae Helmstetter. You think they deserve that award.

Marge Carroll, Nominator

Oh, they deserve it very much. They have donated virtually all their time to various ministries, and they’ve been doing this for years.

Jack Roper

Why don’t we go give them that award, see if they have a mantelpiece to put it on?

Marge Carroll, Nominator

Sounds great.

Jack Roper

Alright, let’s sneak in this back door here.

Here’s the happy couple here. Florae, Bill, how are you? And Don? This is your dad over here, hey Don. Florae and Bill, you know, you guys just stay so busy, I don’t see how you find time to help other people.

Florae Helmstetter

We Make time.

Jack Roper

You’re healthy.

Florae Helmstetter

Yes, we’re healthy.

Jack Roper

You can get some work out of him?

Florae Helmstetter

We’re blessed. My dad’s 90 and he does my Loaves & Fishes route with me.

Jack Roper

I understand Don helps out, that’s great. Well, you know Marge, a friend of all of ours, she has brought the award that we want to present to you. For the month of July, you are indeed our recipients of the Caring for the Caring for the Carolinas Award for good things you do for other folks. And many people have been given this, but you certainly deserve this much for the exceptional job you do, Bill and Florae, congratulations.

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