The large, round tables of the ADEC Day Service at Goshen are covered in mountains of Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls and Starburst, and seas of plastic, pastel-colored Easter Eggs in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple.
The people ADEC serves are meticulously stuffing eggs full of candy for Crossroads Community Church in Goshen; the church hosts an annual Easter Egg hunt the week prior to Easter services, and ADEC clients volunteer to help.
“The folks at Day Service are probably sick of filling eggs now, as we have done close to 15,000 this year,” laughs Aleigha Miller, the team manager at Day Service at Goshen. “But they still have smiles on their faces and know that there are kids that will enjoy getting all the candy they are filling the eggs with!”
In all, Crossroads stuffs and hides around 150,000 Easter Eggs for the hunt. This year’s Easter Eggstravaganza was March 25. Church officials say they are appreciative of the volunteering spirit shown by ADEC clients, and by their support of the church’s mission.
“My team has enjoyed interacting with the clients and employees at ADEC when we pick up and drop off eggs,” said Ashley LeCount, the children’s pastor at Crossroads Community Church. “The highlight for us is at the end, when we do a pizza party to show our appreciation to the folks at ADEC.”
In fact, volunteering to stuff Easter Eggs for Crossroads is a personal experience for some ADEC clients who are former members of the church. However, volunteering is a universal activity, and so is the pride that comes with knowing that you’ve done a good deed for others.
“I think the sense of accomplishment is huge when it comes to volunteer opportunities,” Aleigha said. “Our individuals here love to share what they have accomplished.”
Individuals ADEC serves are always looking for new opportunities to volunteer their time and abilities in the community. If your group or organization is looking for volunteers, call Volunteer Coordinator Joe Kuharic at (574) 848-2443, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out if there are ADEC individuals interested in lending you a helping hand.