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Adults with disabilities celebrate a hero

Donna Chipman enjoys the quilt she was awarded for her volunteer activity. Photo probided by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Donna Chipman’s new quilt makes her small apartment at a senior living facility in Little Canada a lot cozier. “It’s so much more than a quilt,” she said of the light green and blue pattern, together with the salmon-pink border. “The colors are stunning, but what’s most beautiful is what this represents — a family.”
Chipman’s family of colleagues from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) honored her with a handmade quilt and this year’s Volunteering is Vital Award. VIVA, a special award within LSS’s Disability Services, recognizes Chipman’s talents and skills, but mostly, her heart — full of love for the women she supports.
“What a surprise to receive appreciation for my volunteering,” Chipman added. “Volunteering is its own reward. God commands us to serve others, and anything I’ve read about feeling better in your own life recommends doing something for others. It really works.”

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