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​A student asked anthropologist Margaret Mead for the earliest sign of civilization in a given culture. He expected the answer to be a clay pot or perhaps a fishhook or grinding stone. Her answer was “A healed femur.” Mead explained that no mended bones are found where the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, reigns. A healed femur shows that someone cared. Someone had to do that injured person’s hunting and gathering until the leg healed. The evidence of compassion is the first sign of civilization.

Most avoid death and those who will soon meet it.
Most are afraid to reach out and make a friend they know they will lose.
Most cringe at the thought of spending time with a stranger, but not you,

A hospice volunteer.

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
Lily Tomlin

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

"May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion."
Thomas Jefferson

A group of lady quilters presented Volunteer Connection with 30 beautiful quilts for distribution through the Holiday Care Program.  In 2011, the Holiday Care Program served 1,195 children from 637 families in Walworth County.  New toys and clothing will be distributed Wednesday, December 12.  Donations are sought for needy families.  Shown are Ann McMillin, Dee Dee Murray, Delores Grover, Barb Williams and Bobbi Pankin from Lutheran Memorial Church in Delavan.

The volunteer quilters made quilts for the Holiday Care Program.  Volunteers assembled a mailing for Lakeland Animal Shelter:  Linda Leaf, Evelyn Lembach, Ernie Neumann, Joyce Muradian, Jim and Rita Barron.

WTMJ Baby Shower at Sentry Food in Elkhorn collected 392 items for Mary's Room and the Elkhorn Food Pantry with the help of 8 Volunteers.

The box was overflowing at the end of the day.


In the picture is Volunteers Cindy Koetterhagen and Janet Atwell and Sentry Food store Manager Scott Atwell (son of our Volunteer Janet Atwell.)


Betty Felten of the Food Pantry said this was the 'Best Baby Shower Ever!'


Dale Schuster from WTMJ4 would like to thank Daniels Sentry Foods in Elkhorn as well as Volunteer Connection and all who participated.



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