The smiles on the faces of Quail Creek Nursing Center residents are what Kay Raba likes best about coordinating volunteer activities every week.
Kay and Roger Raba lead the bell choir on Thursdays, and about 20 residents participate by ringing bells to the tune of hymns.
“My favorite part is ringing the bells,” said resident Peggy Kellar. “I love it. It's easy.”
Kay said the bell choir has been a joy because it's something everybody can do, even if they can't see.
She said the blind residents have someone to cue them to ring their bells.
The Rabas began volunteering in 2007 through Quail Springs Baptist Church.
Roger Raba also leads an all-male group, which allows men at the center to gather to watch movies, enjoy refreshments and visit with one another.
“Some volunteers come on Sundays to preach. We have people who play the piano,” Kay Raba said. “Everybody does something different, and that's what really makes it such a neat thing. That way we can do so many more things and not have everybody focused on one area.”
The volunteers organize activities for holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Last year they led the residents in a pageant where they dressed up in elaborate costumes and acted out the Christmas story.
The church volunteers wanted to have a good time on the holidays and teach Bible stories in the process.
Their dedication to spending time with others is in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's Serve Oklahoma initiative, which mobilizes Oklahoma Baptists to get outside the walls of the church.
To learn more
To learn more about Serve Oklahoma and to find additional resources, to to www.serveoklahoma.org and www.my316.com.