Quiet Hero: Richard Van Tuyl, 74, Lake Wildwood | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero: Richard Van Tuyl, 74, Lake Wildwood

The group I volunteer for: Interfaith Food Ministry.

What I do for the group: I’m a supervisor and I’m also in charge of drivers for grocery pick-up at the Holiday Market near Lake Wildwood.

How I got involved: My church, Twin Cities Church, asked for volunteers about 10 years ago.

Why I think this group’s work is important: Because somebody has to feed the needy, and it’s a real pleasure doing so, because they are grateful.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was when: About a year ago, a boy came up to the front desk and said, “Mommy, look at all that food.” How many 10-year-olds get excited about food? It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It’s all a reward. I just enjoy being here. It’s all Christian fellowship.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’ve worked at Hospice of Penn Valley.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1986.

I like living here because: The friendliness of the people.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: To me, keeping these people fed.

I think volunteerism is important because: If you didn’t have volunteers, who’s going to give them food and do all the menial tasks that go along with it?

“Quiet Heroes” appears each Thursday. If you know of a volunteer who is a quiet hero, call The Union newsroom at 273-9561.

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