For National Volunteer Week, the staff at Meridian Care of Alice took their time to recognize the many volunteers that selflessly take time out of their schedule to service their residents on Friday, April 28.

“Our residents are so blessed to have each and every (volunteer) for our facility,” said Charity Webster, administrator of Meridian Care of Alice. “We do so many different activities that would not be possible without the help of the community and the volunteers.”

President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).

Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.

“There is nothing greater than the heart of a volunteer,” Webster stated.

Volunteers were treated to food and prizes. They also received awards.

Volunteers recognized were West main Baptist Church, Stonegate Baptist Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Manuela Igelsia, Luby Saavedra, Luis D. Galvan, Pet Paws, Silver Spurs, Church of Christ, Grace Truth Ministry, Rico Family, Roberto and Elena Juarez, VFW Burial Association, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Toby Flores, Ronnie Talbert and Lisa Guerrero Munoz.