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LARSON: Using column to calculate what counts

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

For 15 years I’ve been hunting and pecking to present this column. No, I never took typing. Back then, typing was only for girls who wanted to become secretaries.

I opted for courses that would be more valuable to me in real life. Like calculus. However, even with my limited typing skills, I’ve calculated (by typing numbers on my calculator) that I’ve managed to bang out nearly 400,000 words. But then the Infinite Monkey Theorem (with its own calculus equation) suggests that if given enough time, even a chimpanzee could do that.

Well, back to what I have had the pleasure of pecking out, particularly stories about Gwinnett volunteers. My first one in 1999 was about Tiny Stitches, five women who created layettes for infants in need. The group has multiplied to 250 volunteers and I was thrilled to read in the Gwinnett Gab that Walton EMC awarded them an Operation Round Up grant for their efforts.

In April 2005, Ursula Miller staged a dog fashion show at Carl House to raise money for her Pup & Cat Company. This Winder organization is still rescuing pets thanks to countless animal loving volunteers.

In 2008, Tom Wargo and the SOS club started Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen to provide food to pets so they can stay with their families during difficult financial times. Since then Daffy’s has distributed millions of pounds of pet food and now maintains over 50 donation drop-offs all over metro Atlanta.

Task Force Patriot serves to support veterans, whether they are seeking help for PTSD or just wanting to fraternize and share military stories. TFP meets first Thursdays at First Baptist Church in Lilburn. All veterans and spouses are welcome. The April 3 speaker will be Mike Morris who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm and received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

Helping anyone in need, all six of the Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries continue to grow due to the fiscal and physical generosity of community volunteers.

I was privileged to bring light to several new ministries in the last few years. At Huffman House in Lawrenceville, founder Barbara Huffman uses “light and laughter” to “help eliminate human suffering at the grass roots level.” SaltLight Center in Lawrenceville offers shelter and hope to homeless women and children. and Love in Action Outreach Ministries in Norcross helps lighten the load of women and children in need. Upcoming events include a silent auction, dinner and Movie on April 12 and Easter Treasures in the Park on April 19.

I don’t have room for them all, so I’ll sum this up by concluding with volunteergwinnett.com. Founder Tom Kincaid posts anything any volunteer group is doing. From his list I calculate there are infinite ways to volunteer in Gwinnett.

Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at susanlarson79@gmail.com.