2010/09/05 - Samantha D. Harpold
Samantha D. Harpold
With school days beginning, the freedom and fun of summer vacation will become just a memory. For some, those memories will be of travel, time spent with friends, and the pleasure of sleeping in. For one returning sophomore, her summer memories are of arts and crafts projects, giving manicures, and playing bingo with residents of area nursing homes.
Miss Samantha D. Harpold devoted her volunteer service, all day, each Monday through Thursday, to nursing homes in Carthage, Gladewater, Gilmer, Kilgore, Marshall, and here in Longview. She spent time at each facility visiting with the residents and patients, reading to them, and helping staff with decorations for birthdays and other special occasions.
“Every teenager should volunteer,” Miss Harpold said. “It’s an eye opener!”
In addition to her time spent with nursing home service this summer, Miss Harpold also provided administrative support at the SouthernCare Inc. Longview office. SouthernCare provides hospice services to patients with limited life expectancy, their loved ones, and their caregivers. Miss Harpold has also volunteered at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
Miss Harpold was born in Longview and lives in Harleton with her parents, Joe and Rebecca Harpold, her older brother, Ronny, her twin brother, Dalton, and the family pet, CB. She attended school in Harleton where she was a cheerleader, and has transferred to East Texas Christian School for this school year.
Mrs. Harpold offered these words about her daughter, “Samantha has shared with me how her volunteer work this summer has really changed her perspective on life and how it has touched her life in many ways that words cannot describe.”
It has been said that children are one-third of our population, and all of our future. Our community is certainly fortunate to have an exceptional volunteer as Miss Harpold in our future.