FLORENCE, S.C. — Don and Bobbie Gibbs were honored Thursday as 2016 Volunteers of the Year at McLeod Health.
The honor, announced at the annual volunteer recognition luncheon, surprised the Gibbses.
“I had no idea,” Don said.
“Didn’t you see the tears coming down?” Bobbie asked her husband.
“I had tears too,” Don said.
The Gibbses were nominated for the honor by their fellow volunteers and McLeod staff members.
They have been married for 63 years and have been volunteering together since 1998 after retiring from their careers. Linda Boone, director of volunteer services at McLeod Health, said the two are “true examples of quiet, effective leaders” who volunteer for the right reasons.
“This couple has gone beyond what we could ever expect from our volunteers,” Boone said. “They have never waived in their dedication, professionalism and dependability.”
About 150 volunteers and staff members attended the luncheon held at the Hellenic Center on South Cashua Drive. All volunteers with more than 300 hours of service were acknowledged during the luncheon but four select individuals received special recognition for their services in 2016.
Margaret Saverance, Don and Bobbie’s childhood friend and fellow veteran McLeod volunteer, was also recognized for her service as she accumulated the most volunteer hours overall.
At 82 years old, Saverance has racked up more than 20,000 hours during her nine years as a volunteer and she doesn’t plan on slowing down.
“I enjoy working up there,” Saverance said. “I don’t want to just sit at home all the time. I enjoy going in and working with the people.”
Another volunteer, Geneva Kirkland, also received recognition during the luncheon for earning the most volunteer hours during 2016 with more than 1,400 hours.
Boone grew emotional as she thanked the volunteers who attended the luncheon and said she cannot begin to express her gratitude for what all volunteers do for McLeod Health and their patients.
“We really do appreciate what you guys do,” Boone said. “And you’ll never know how much.”