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  • A Special Volunteer: Youngster delivers smiles at GSS

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  • SYRACUSE – The Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse usually honors our volunteers every April during National Volunteer Week.  
    But a couple of weeks ago we were blessed to have one of the youngest volunteers help deliver mail to the residents at the nursing facility and that deserves some recognition.
    Turner Zahn, 3, his mother, Rachel Zahn and Turner’s great-grandmother, Elaine Zahn, delivered mail to the residents of the Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse.  
    The residents were thrilled to get their mail from such a handsome, sweet little boy.  
    Turner had fun delivering the mail, but he especially enjoyed riding on the mail cart.
    Volunteers at Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse share many hours of volunteer work.
     “Our volunteers inspire residents, their families, staff members and others through the simple act of sharing their gifts of time and talent,” says Administrator Dianna Epp.  “Volunteers help us fulfill our mission of sharing God’s love in word and deed.”
    “Volunteers are so very important to the Good Samaritan Society,” says Activity Director, Jenny Meyer.  “Without them, some of the activities could not happen.  
    “And the best part of being a volunteer is that it isn’t a huge time commitment.”
    Delivering mail is a once a week commitment for about 1 hour.  But there are so many other things that individuals can do to give GSS residents a better quality of life.  
    Some of them include:
    n Hymn Sing Piano Player (Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00)
    n Craft Group Leader (once a month on a Tuesday, 1:30-2:30)
    n Cooking Class Leader (no bake recipes–once a month on a Tuesday, 1:30-2:30)
    n Bingo Assistants (help residents w/bingo cards, passing out prizes & assisting with coffee time)
    n Show & Tell Assistants (last Tuesday of each month).  Or – just bring in an item that you think the residents would enjoy seeing.
    n Pretty Nails Assistants (every Thursday starting at 1:00 p.m.)
    n One to One with residents (Any time of the day, any day – come visit with them, read to them, sing to them, play games with them).  This activity is something that residents really enjoy.
    There are many reasons why people should volunteer.  It gives that person a sense of well-being, self-esteem and self-confidence; it helps develop your communication and people skills and you meet and make new friends.  
    It also gives a deep satisfaction of making a difference in the life of another.  
    Please consider volunteering your time and talents with the residents of the Good Samaritan Society.  
    Page 2 of 2 - It will be a life changing experience for you and a great benefit to the residents.  Call 402-269-2251 to find out more details on how you can become a volunteer.
    The Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates rehabilitation and skilled care centers and senior living communities in 24 states.
    The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”

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