Name: Peggy Oldham and family
Organization: St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, St. Francis Catholic School
Town: Hilton Head Island
Positions: I volunteer at the church. I altar serve for funerals, and I help on Monday mornings. I'm a counter. And then I take care of the altar servers' garments. I also volunteer at the school. I do whatever they ask me to do. I do lunch on Wednesdays, and whatever they need, I'll do it. I worked on the auction. I've helped with the class projects for the auction. I've helped set up and clean up. I've given presentations to the kids on Egypt, Greece and China. My husband, Frank, is big on technology so he has donated all the iPads to the school for the middle school to use so they have the technology. He helps me sometimes with lunch, and he does other volunteer work at the church and the school.
Involved for: About six years at the church and about two-and-a-half years at the school
Training the next generation. We try to get the kids to volunteer, too. And they do. My daughter (Emily, 13) altar serves almost every week. She plays violin, and she will play at some of the senior citizen homes. And they both have made quilts for the auction for St. Francis. My son (Theodore, 11) helps out with things at school. We just try to make sure that everybody gives back. You can take a little, but you've got to give back more. I think it's important to give back, and I think it's important for kids to see that because they are the next generation. We need to depend on them. I just think it's the right thing to do.
Keep on giving. I hope the kids learn to also give back, and I think they also have to learn that sometimes when you give, people take, and it's not with the best intentions, but it doesn't mean that everybody is like that. And you just have to keep on doing it. You have to keep on giving. ... Just because there are a couple bad eggs doesn't mean everybody is that way. And that's life. They're going to find that all throughout life.
We give because God gave. I think it's the way I was brought up. I think it's the way my husband was brought up. I think we were brought up in a fashion that God gave to everyone. He was taken advantage of, too. But you don't give up. Good people come in all sizes and shapes.
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