DURANT - It wasn’t quite the Easter Bunny who wound his way through the streets of Durant on Thursday but rather a group of gift-bearing bunny helpers from Sheltered Work Opportunities of Bryan County who hopped by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program around lunch time to deliver Easter-inspired surprises.
“We really wanted to do something to make other people feel good during this holiday season,” said Misty Franklin, SWO staff member and the event organizer. “Our employees love to get out and visit. I thought Easter would be a great time to let the retired members of our community know how much we care about them.”
Armed with canvas bags filled with goodies including colored pens, decorated cookies, small personal care items, picture frames, key chains, pen lights, pencils and a variety of other gifts, SWO employees swept through the dining hall bringing smiles to the faces of our retired community members.
“I can’t tell you how happy this makes me,” said a grinning Sidney Jenkins. “I haven’t been this happy in a long time. This truly warms my heart.”
SWO employee, Nancy Wall, entertained the diners with a piano medley of familiar Easter-inspired tunes including Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, Here Comes Peter Cottontail and Easter Parade. “I am so proud to have this chance to play for them,” she said.
“Being with some of the people at RSVP,” said SWO employee, Tyler, “really made me think about my Great Grandpa.” The other SWO employees agreed that just spending a little time at RSVP made everyone feel really good.
Sheltered Work Opportunities of Bryan County is a 33-year old non-profit organization devoted to providing vocational training, employment experience, and job opportunities to adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. SWO is a Bryan County United Way agency. To find out more about SWO or to make a tax-free donation please contact Executive Director, C.J. Washington at 580.924.8509 or email@example.com.