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RER volunteer retires after 14 years

RER volunteer retires after 14 years

Mavis Wiggins, 88, finishes her last day at Rockdale Emergency Relief’s food bank, where she has volunteered for 14 years putting together shopping carts of food, which is donated to needy families. October is a particularly slow time of year for donations, and she encourages those who can to provide the non-profit with food items. A typical shopping cart that she assembles from the shelves of the food bank includes bread, rolls, tuna, pork and beans, canned chili, canned meat, soups, beans, macaroni and cheese, rice, spaghetti, sauce, grits, fruit (when available), peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers and canned vegetables. Wiggins said that families can take advantage of a shopping cart full of food only every three weeks, and when the family has children, she tries to put in some snacks for them. Wiggins turns 89 tomorrow and said that volunteering at least one day a week has helped give her energy. “You know, I’m gonna’ miss it. I’ve been doin’ it so long,” said Wiggins, mother of three boys, grandmother to six and great-grandmother of one. Wiggins lives in Conyers with one of her sons and she attends Conyers First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

Mavis Wiggins, 88, finishes her last day at Rockdale Emergency Relief’s food bank, where she has volunteered for 14 years putting together shopping carts of food, which is donated to needy families. October is a particularly slow time of year for donations, and she encourages those who can to provide the non-profit with food items. A typical shopping cart that she assembles from the shelves of the food bank includes bread, rolls, tuna, pork and beans, canned chili, canned meat, soups, beans, macaroni and cheese, rice, spaghetti, sauce, grits, fruit (when available), peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers and canned vegetables. Wiggins said that families can take advantage of a shopping cart full of food only every three weeks, and when the family has children, she tries to put in some snacks for them. Wiggins turns 89 tomorrow and said that volunteering at least one day a week has helped give her energy. “You know, I’m gonna’ miss it. I’ve been doin’ it so long,” said Wiggins, mother of three boys, grandmother to six and great-grandmother of one. Wiggins lives in Conyers with one of her sons and she attends Conyers First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

Mavis Wiggins, 88, finishes her last day at Rockdale Emergency Relief’s food bank, where she has volunteered for 14 years putting together shopping carts of food, which is donated to needy families. October is a particularly slow time of year for donations, and she encourages those who can to provide the non-profit with food items. A typical shopping cart that she assembles from the shelves of the food bank includes bread, rolls, tuna, pork and beans, canned chili, canned meat, soups, beans, macaroni and cheese, rice, spaghetti, sauce, grits, fruit (when available), peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers and canned vegetables. Wiggins said that families can take advantage of a shopping cart full of food only every three weeks, and when the family has children, she tries to put in some snacks for them. Wiggins turns 89 tomorrow and said that volunteering at least one day a week has helped give her energy. “You know, I’m gonna’ miss it. I’ve been doin’ it so long,” said Wiggins, mother of three boys, grandmother to six and great-grandmother of one. Wiggins lives in Conyers with one of her sons and she attends Conyers First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

By Karen Rohr