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Opportunity to volunteer for old ‘geezers’

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

During the first week of school this year, a little first-grade girl was reading a book for me. She was naturally shy so early in the year and was reading very quietly.

Since I don’t hear so well anyway, I said to her, “Honey, can you read a little louder for grandpa because I can’t hear what you’re reading?”

She replied, “I know why you can’t hear me.”

I said, “Oh, really, why is that?”

She said, “Because you have hair in your ears.”

Moments like these make this “job” the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Yet, out of almost 90 volunteer foster grandparents, there are only a couple of other men who have volunteered during the 7 years I’ve been in the program.

Are all you other old “geezers” happy doing nothing in your old age? Come and join me. You’ll be glad you did. You can volunteer as little as 15 hours weekly, and the children benefit as much as you will.

Get off your keister and call the Tri-County Opportunities Council for more information or for an interview, at 815-625-7830, ext. 30 or ext. 40.

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