So often people will say, "I really want to help others in our community, but I don't know what to do." Unfortunately that is often the end of the story. But Paula Young of Belden did not stop there. She called Volunteer Northeast Mississippi looking for a way to help, and before long she made a connection to MS Project Package, a nonprofit in Corinth and Southaven that sends care packages to troops overseas.
With a tremendous passion for the men and women in the military, Paula began contacting area businesses to collect items from the soldiers' wish list, and the support she garnered was overwhelming. Making several trips to Corinth with a car-load of donations, Paula added significant amounts of inventory to ensure that MS Project Package could continue to send their 1,000+ care packages per month to our military serving on the other side of the world.
L to R: Colby (with Home Depot), Paula, Steve (Paula's husband), and Ashley (Paula's daughter)
Her dedication does not end there. This year when Volunteer Northeast Mississippi partnered with MS Project Package for a special 9/11 service project, Paula was called on to help. And help she did. She collected much-needed donations from Aspen Dental, Main Street Dentistry, North Mississippi Dentistry, Sunnybrook Dentistry, Todd's Big Star, and Tractor Supply Company.
But she didn't stop there. Working with Home Depot, Paula secured a $2,800 grant to purchase a wide array of merchandise, including paper towels, toilet paper, insect repellent, and hand warmers. Rickey Pope, founder and executive director of MS Project Package, said, "Paula did an outstanding job with this project. We are so grateful for all her help."
So what's Paula's reward for a job well done? Well, we expect she will be in charge of collections when we do the project again next year. What better way to guarantee success?
A simple "thank you" will never be enough to show our gratitude to Paula for her outstanding contribution to the 9/11 Service Project.
FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you prefer to stay home but still want to volunteer in some capacity, consider some remote volunteer opportunities. There is so much good that can be done without leaving your house. Click here for some ideas.
Purchase needed supplies for Parkgate Clinic by shopping from home
Inspire potential by joining Big Brothers Big Sisters
Collect donations for MS Project Package at Tupelo Kroger on September 26
Sort donated clothing at Wear It Well's Repeat Boutique
Serve to-go breakfast at Saints' Brew
Assist food pantries in various capacities