Taking Time to Volunteer

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Updated: 1/31 6:55 pm
Time, it’s something we all have. Every day we are each given 1,440 minutes but what makes us all different is how we use those over 86,000 seconds. For a local man, he’s chosen to spend a few of the hours of his day helping to build a better future for others.

For the past nine months, Larry Danielson has been lending his talents to the Gateway Habitat for Humanity effort in Pocatello. After moving halfway across the country, retired Larry needed a little purpose. Now, you’ll find him behind the scenes at the Restore store with Gateway Habitat for Humanity.

“It could be anything, most of the time we get between five and six donations a day of people bringing stuff in,” said Larry, “it could be one or two items or it could be a whole truckload full. We then have to go through it and determine if it’s something we can use.”

Once Larry carefully eyes all of the donations, they’re placed on the floor for sale, with the money raised going to help fund the operations of the organization. And sometimes the items can be put right back to use in a home the organization is building. But for Larry, the highlight of these past few months has been the friendships.

“Being able to help people, I was in on the last house finishing up a few little things on the house, the homeowner got to move in and they were very appreciative and very happy,” Larry said. “I’ve enjoyed it, I enjoy working with the people, and the work crews are fantastic.”

When construction picks back up, you’ll likely find Larry swinging a hammer and for him volunteering is all about giving what you can.

“I don’t have a lot of money, I can’t really contribute money but my time, I have quite a bit of time I can contribute,” said Larry. “I really think being able to help people who are less fortunate, who didn’t get a good start, it just works out better that way.”

For more information on how you can spend your time volunteering in East Idaho you can visit seidahovolunteer.org.
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