Please join staff and volunteers in wishing Patty a very happy retirement. After 7 years of keeping everyone in line and on task, your daily presence will surely be missed. Thank you for all of your dedication to our mission. Enjoy all of your free time!
Dianne and Lori pose in their matching Valentine’s masks made for the whole staff by our wonderful volunteer Brenda. They are perfect for February, Valentine’s Day and for our Valentine’s week auction coming up very soon.
Meet our new staff member Crystal Stewart. Crystal has been volunteering her skills managing our Instagram page and is now joining the wish team and taking over Tina’s job. Tina will be replacing Patty as Volunteer and Social Media Manager when she retires this month. Welcome to the Wish family Crystal, we hope you love it as much as we do!
Any of you who have volunteered here know Dianne.
Any of you who follow our Facebook group closely will also know Dianne.
She is the woman who is often wearing a silly outfit or an outrageous hat. Dianne often works with volunteers and once they figure her out, which I’m not going to lie might take a few minutes because her sense of humor is…..shall we say…..quirky, they quickly learn to love her.
I can’t tell you how many volunteers have told me that the reason they came back to volunteer again was because of Dianne. People especially request to work with Dianne sorting clothes.
About a month ago Diane handed me a giant bag of coins that weighed a ton.
She said to me, and I quote, “Here, take this and bring me back some real folding money!”
Dianne told me that she had been saving all of the coins that she found in pockets while she was sorting donated clothes and these were the coins from the last year. She said she wanted to do something nice for the volunteers with that money. The coins added up to be about $100. So, as instructed, I turned those coins into folding money and Dianne made Christmas ornaments for every volunteer that included a lottery ticket and some chocolates.
This gesture is quintessential Dianne – kind and thoughtful – done while wearing a crazy hat and while trying to give the illusion that she is a tough wise ass.
Merry Christmas, Dianne, you wacky, lovable woman!
Sophie from Thom Anne Sullivan Early Childhood Programs spoiled the staff and volunteers by bringing in home made egg rolls and spanakopita the other day. In case you can’t tell Dianne lives for the days that Sophie makes egg rolls! It is a splurge that the whole staff savors. We have to keep their energy up in the last few weeks of Magic of Christmas, elves work is never done. Thanks Sophie!
Thank you to Jenny Votano and family for the thoughtful donation of fruit and snacks for the staff today. They dropped of their family gifts for Magic of Christmas and surprised the staff with this awesome box of treats to keep up their energy during this very busy season. Look how happy Dianne is to see bananas and apples! Thank you Jenny, the staff really appreciated your thoughtfulness!