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Volunteers give time, heart

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
April 15, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

The handmade sign near Marilyn Kabela's work station says it all.

"Volunteers are a work of heart," it reads.

Kabela, who has volunteered at the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross since Hurricane Katrina sent a wave of evacuees to Victoria, handles mostly clerical duties in the office but also goes out with the Disaster Action Team after fire strikes an area home.

"I don't think people realize how bad it is when you lose everything," Kabela said.

Linda May, the chapter's emergency services director, praised Kabela.

"She's with us every time there is a fire," said May, who started with the Red Cross as a volunteer with Kabela in 2005. "She is very dedicated. She hasn't missed being here very many days."

Kabela, 71, said seeing residents of the Crossroads help those in need has been uplifting.

"People want to help," she said. "Some people don't have a lot, but they come in and want to give something."

OPPORTUNITIES

Vendor booth space is available for the seventh annual Nordheim Market Days, April 23. Silent auction items are also being accepted. The event benefits the Nordheim Historical Museum. Call 361-938-7208 or 361-275-1326.

SAVE THE DATE

April 16, 27 - Advance wristband distribution for Victoria County Relay for Life. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 16, Victoria Mall; 3 to 5 p.m., April 27, American Cancer Society Office, 4401 Lilac Lane. Wristbands are needed for entry into Coleto Creek Park for the April 29 event. 361-578-2849.

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