If you can, mark 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on your calendar for the second annual Respite Angels soup lunch fundraiser at the Estherville Masonic Temple at 2003 Central Ave.
Soup, bars and a drink will be served for $6 and a silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Respite Angels.
The very name well describes what this volunteer organization does. A dedicated cadre of 26 volunteers gives respite care to families of about 64 people in Emmet, Dickinson and Clay counties struggling with Alzheimer's, demential, stroke and adult handicap issues. Respite Angels receives no government funding and has to rely on donations and occasional grants to keep the program going. Families of those receiving care may donate, but as Respite Angels executive director Kelly Schultz notes, not having the money to pay will in no way prevent the organization from providing services.
And these services are essential. Families who care for loved ones suffering from debilitating illnesses need a break - whether it's to get out to go shopping, have a cup of coffee or to just get away, they need to have someone "spot them" so they can get those things done.
"When we do go out and sit with somebody it does put money back in the local economy," Schultz said.
If you would like to donate time or money to this very worthwhile organization, contact Schultz at (712) 229-6064. You an call her, too, if you could use respite help in caring for a family member with disabilities.
And don't forget the soup lunch - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Estherville Masonic Temple.