A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is all the Girl Scout cookies piled on John and Mary Bush’s kitchen table. After all, Mary never was one who could say ‘no’ to a granddaughter.
At times like this, having friends like Susan and Pat Molloy is even more important because identifying the contents in thirteen similarly shaped boxes is difficult for two people who have no vision. Printing Braille labels for each cookie type was top on their ‘to do’ list when the Molloy’s arrived for one of their weekly visits.
The couples have been sharing their Fridays together for about 14 years now. The day always begins with a decision on the lunch menu. Then, while Pat runs errands or fixes things around the Bush’s house, Susan reads Mary the mail including of course the catalogues. “We shop til we drop,” chuckled Mary. The foursome spend their afternoons catching up and finishing whatever needs to be done.
John and Mary met Susan and Pat through CABVI’s One on One program which matches readers with people who have visual disabilities. However, what began as a volunteer assignment has developed into something much more meaningful. They’ve become close friends and confidants, celebrating life’s greatest joys, taking pleasure in their common interests, and being there for each other when they need support. Simply put, Mary said, “They’re family to us.”
In 2008, CABVI honored the Molloy’s (Susan has been a volunteer for more than 20 years) as One on One Volunteers of the Year. In addition to their time with the Bush’s, they have assisted the agency with other needs such as helping with office tasks.
However, their greatest reward sits across the table from them every Friday. “The best part about being a volunteer is meeting such wonderful people,” Pat said.