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That’s one lucky duck

By Staff | Jul 25, 2014

Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers drew attention to their organization once again as they hosted the 4th annual Rubber Duck Race in Shepherdstown July 19. The event raised approximately $2,000 for the organization.

The race began across from Billie’s Restaurant where ducks were dumped into Town Run eager to make their way to the Little House where the first three arrivals were scooped out and designated “the winners.”

The lucky duck to cross the finish line first was No. 211, purchased by Amy Spicher, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Spicher graciously donated back $100 of her $300 prize winnings. Second place finisher was lucky duck No. 500. Emily Gottschalk, of Charles Town, capturing the $200 prize. Martin Herbert, of Shepherdstown, holder of Duck No. 554, won third place of $100 while the last place duck honors went to No. 238, purchased by Julie Gregg, of Bakerton.

Ducks were sold for $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.

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.

For information on volunteering or offering other support to Good Shepherd Caregivers, contact them via phone at 304-876-3325 or visit them on the web at www.gsivc.org.