Vol­un­teer logged 10,300 hours over 32 years

King pin of the hampers Ge­orge Flavell hon­oured

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER jes­sica.nyznik @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Af­ter 32 years of vol­un­teer­ing with The Sal­va­tion Army in Peter­bor­ough, Ge­orge Flavell is hang­ing up his hat.

The 77-year-old was rec­og­nized for his con­tri­bu­tions to the or­ga­ni­za­tion dur­ing the vol­un­teer ap­pre­ci­a­tion lun­cheon at The Sal­va­tion Army on Thurs­day.

In 2017, 584 cit­i­zens vol­un­teered with The Sal­va­tion Army, log­ging 10,300 hours over­all. They filed in­come taxes for 876 res­i­dents, pro­vided 8,800 food parcels and 450 fresh pro­duce boxes through the food bank, served 9,000 break­fasts, dis­trib­uted 2,300 Christ­mas hampers and staffed The Sal­va­tion Army Thrift Store.

Flavell started vol­un­teer­ing in 1986, when he was asked to drive a truck to de­liver the food hampers. No­body at The Sal­va­tion Army had a DZ li­cence, so Flavell stepped in.

Af­ter sev­eral years of driv­ing, he was asked if he’d be will­ing to do some­thing else. Flavell as­sumed they’d ask him to carry the food in, too. But he was wrong.

“They meant take charge of the whole deal,” he said.

For the last 12 years, Flavell was the king pin of the food hampers.

In the be­gin­ning, he spent up to a dozen hours a day for about two weeks prep­ping the hampers. As time went on, it took about a week and a half to get job done, work­ing shorter days.

Flavell also vol­un­teered to do in­come taxes for The Sal­va­tion Army. The or­ga­ni­za­tion helps low-in­come earn­ers with their re­turns.

The Peter­bor­ough res­i­dent said he’s en­joyed his vol­un­teer time but he’s ready to move on. That doesn’t mean he won’t ever pack an­other ham­per again though.

When asked why he chose to vol­un­teer for more than three decades, Flavell said, “Why not?”

“You’re asked to help, you help.”

JES­SICA NYZNIK/EX­AM­INER

Ge­orge Flavell, left, his wife Karen and son Mark gather out­side The Sal­va­tion Army on Thurs­day. Known as the king pin of the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas hampers, Ge­orge was hon­oured for 32 years of volunteerism.

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