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Black Hills Cabin needs volunteers

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

 

Even though Operation Black Hills Cabin (OBHC) has been helping wounded veterans and their families for three years, it only recently began hosting families for a week-long stay in its 9-month-old cabin. To date, 12 families have spent a week of fun in the cabin and, hopefully, more will follow. But in order for that to happen, help is needed.
“This time last year, there wasn’t a cabin, so it was the board and their spouses doing what needed to be done,” said Pat Baird, OBHC co-founder. “It was so crazy over the summer we didn’t know how to start committees, so most of us did the work. Now that we have time to re-group, we’re looking for volunteers to help.”
OBHC is looking for a number of volunteers to help with 15 newly created committees, including recreational, maintenance, fundraising and cleaning (see full list at end). Other interests, according to Baird, are also welcomed, as are ideas to help further promote the cabin.
“Many have told us they want to help, so this is a way for us to do that,” she said.
“Operation Get Involved” kicked off Friday at the cabin with an informational meeting about the OBHC, its purpose and what can be done to help. Many people attending the meeting were new to the area and wanted to be more involved in the community. Others wanted to show their appreciation for veterans.
“I’m a wife and mother of a veteran. I believe in this,” said Phyllis Terrall, who also belongs to the Quilt Guild, which gives back to the cabin through the Quilt of Valor. “I spoke with a man who was here from Louisiana and he said he had never in his life felt this kind of peace. These families really touch you.”

Even though Operation Black Hills Cabin (OBHC) has been helping wounded veterans and their families for three years, it only recently began hosting families for a week-long stay in its 9-month-old cabin. To date, 12 families have spent a week of fun in the cabin and, hopefully, more will follow. But in order for that to happen, help is needed.

“This time last year, there wasn’t a cabin, so it was the board and their spouses doing what needed to be done,” said Pat Baird, OBHC co-founder. “It was so crazy over the summer we didn’t know how to start committees, so most of us did the work. Now that we have time to re-group, we’re looking for volunteers to help.”

OBHC is looking for a number of volunteers to help with 15 newly created committees, including recreational, maintenance, fundraising and cleaning (see full list at end). Other interests, according to Baird, are also welcomed, as are ideas to help further promote the cabin.

“Many have told us they want to help, so this is a way for us to do that,” she said.

“Operation Get Involved” kicked off Friday at the cabin with an informational meeting about the OBHC, its purpose and what can be done to help. Many people attending the meeting were new to the area and wanted to be more involved in the community. Others wanted to show their appreciation for veterans.

“I’m a wife and mother of a veteran. I believe in this,” said Phyllis Terrall, who also belongs to the Quilt Guild, which gives back to the cabin through the Quilt of Valor. “I spoke with a man who was here from Louisiana and he said he had never in his life felt this kind of peace. These families really touch you.”

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