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Donating Comes In All Shapes In KELOLAND

January 8, 2014, 7:01 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Donating Comes In All Shapes In KELOLAND

For many, donating what you can, even if it is a few dollars, can make you feel like you are on cloud nine. But, helping someone does not always have to be about the money, you also can give your time to help someone else.

Every Tuesday, you can walk into the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls and see a big smiling face. Once a week, a veteran himself, Terry Brady, drives roughly 65 miles from Burbank, South Dakota, to volunteer his time to the patients at the hospital.

"I absolutely enjoy what I do, like every other volunteer that's up here, they are here because they choose to be and they enjoy what they are doing," Brady said.

Brady volunteers his time because giving back and putting a smile on someone's face is what he is passionate about.

Across Sioux Falls another volunteer is giving back.

"[I] want to serve others because someone's given to us, so it is our turn to give back," Darlene Eidsness said.

Like Brady, Eidsness donates every Tuesday morning with her husband at Avera McKennan's Prairie Center. Eidsness sits at the front desk, greeting patients who walk through the front door. She says she loves donating her time because she can love on people.

Both volunteers agree what they get in return is far more than they expected.

"Oddly enough, sometimes I feel a little guilty because I think I'm getting much more than I'm giving because I get a good feeling out of doing what I'm doing," Brady said.

"We get way more than we ever give. You go home just feeling good and you are really grateful that God has really blessed us," Eidsness said.

Brady has volunteered about 400 hours at the VA Hospital and Eidsness has been volunteering at the Prairie Center for the last three years.

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