Malinda Shamburger- The Hunt Is On

It was a cold rainy afternoon, not the kind of day that one associates with an Easter egg hunt, but on March 22, that is what happened at the home of Anne Elizabeth Shepherd auxiliary member Sandra Beck. The bright and shining smiles on the faces of the girls as they lined up for the hunt were a welcome substitute for the missing sun that day.

The auxiliary put in a lot of work to make this a special day for the girls. Along with the hunt, the girls colored eggs, made beautiful picture frames, and enjoyed a delicious lunch. However, the highlight of the day came with the introduction of Mrs. Beck’s horses. The auxiliary provided carrots and apples for the girls to share with the horses. For most of the girls, this was the first time they had ever come this close to a horse. There were lots of squeals and giggles as the horses gobbled the treats out of their hands. It was hard to determine who was the happiest – the girls or the horses. The fun did not stop there; everyone enjoyed a tour of the property in the form of an old-fashioned hayride.

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The girls at the Shepherd are blessed. They are surrounded by a loving staff, as well as members of the community, like the auxiliary, who are willing to commit their time to ensure that these girls do not miss out on the simple pleasures of life. My internship is with marketing, however I am learning that when involved with a non-profit you wear many hats not just your public relations one. Because of this I have had a lot of opportunity to lend a helping hand in the events at the Shepherd home. This has enhanced my internship beyond any words that I can write in this blog.

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