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Ducks are coming

By Staff | Jul 11, 2014

The fourth annual Rubber Ducky Classic will take place in town on July 19 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. The event, a fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Caregivers, has hundreds of rubber duckies floating down Town Run.

The race will begin across from Betty’s Restaurant where duck owners will place their duckies in the Run. Ducks will then float down to the Blue Moon where the lucky first, second and third place winners will receive monetary prizes. The owner of the first place duck will receive $300 with second taking $200 and third place earning $100. This year’s last place duck will also come out a winner with a prize of $50.

Ducks may be purchased at a cost of $5 for one duck or $20 for a family of five ducks. All proceeds will support Good Shepherd Caregivers whose free volunteer services include transportation, visiting, reassurance calls, yard work, medical equipment loans and fix-it projects to the senior and/or disabled citizens of Jefferson County.

To secure a duck, call 304-876-3325 or visit www.gsivc.org for more information.

The Good Shepherd Caregivers strive to provide informal volunteer caregiving to home-based older or disabled Jefferson County residents. Their goal is to promote independence, dignity, security and quality of life among elderly, disabled, frail and homebound residents of our county, regardless of income or family circumstances.

According to their website, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers describes itself as a “Faith in Action program, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization founded in 1990 by a small coalition of churches, individuals and the Shepherdstown Rotary Club with the goal of creating a stronger, more caring community in Jefferson County.”

The organization identifies and provides, volunteer support services to any member of Jefferson County who are fragile, home bound, or disabled of all ages or disability. The goal of the service is to help them remain in the community while maintaining their contact with the community.

The free, non-medical caregiving services are all provided by volunteers and include transportation to medical appointments, yard work, light housework, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls and medical equipment loan.

The annual Rubber Ducky Classic will help ensure continued services in the upcoming year.