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Volunteer Spotlight - Shelley Herrin

Our volunteers are the best. They allow our various programs to run smoothly, and we are so grateful for the many volunteers God has provided - volunteers like Shelley Herrin.

What is your church home?

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona.

How long have you been volunteering at Caring Hands?

I've been volunteering since September of last year.

What inspired you to serve at Caring Hands?

I was involved in a project at our church where we took a tour of Caring Hands and visited with Ned and Miriam. I had heard of Caring Hands and donated food before, but I had no idea about everything Caring Hands offers to our community. After hearing more and seeing the work that goes into it behind the scenes, I wanted to be a part of it.

What do you typically do when you volunteer?

I receive and sort through the donations. More recently, I started helping more on the sales floor in our Secondhand Treasures thrift store, organizing shelves, greeting customers, and helping them with purchases.

Tell us about a time your work blessed you as a volunteer at Caring Hands.

It was just before the first cold spell and snow we had. A young mom and her children came looking for winter coats and boots. She was excited to see our selection and the kids' smiles as they found their new coats. But honestly, I'm blessed every day I'm there working with the other volunteers.

What do you wish people knew about Caring Hands?

Caring Hands offers so much to help the community. Secondhand Treasures is open to all, and the profits go right back into supporting the food pantry and other programs. If you have yet to visit Secondhand Treasures, stop in and say hi, and bring a friend to help spread the word.

Tell us one fun fact about you.

I enjoy riding the backroads of Iowa with my husband on our Harley.


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