Meet Airrior Norwood, a St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Volunteer! Airrior has began working full time at the Thrift Shop in 1989 after she retired from Bayside Academy. She works on Thursdays sorting housewares, and she works on the register. She has volunteered in every department at the shop. Airrior received the St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 at the Thrift Shop’s annual Volunteer Luncheon.
“Volunteering at the Thrift Shop was a great way to give back to the community, and it feeds the soul,” Airrior Norwood said. “There was a need for more volunteers, because there were only 12 at the time.”
Airrior has lived in Baldwin County since 1961, and she began volunteering after her friend, Avos Stickney, asked her to help.
“She is always busy doing something for someone else!” Said Avos Stickney a Thrift Shop Volunteer. “She is indispensable to St. Paul’s, and we love her!”
In addition to Airrior’s work with the Thrift Shop she also has served on the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry, on the Altar Guild, St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Board, Thrift Shop Treasurer, she polishes all of the silver for the annual Holiday Shoppe, and she volunteers at Ecumenical Ministries.
“She’s a beloved fixture at St. Paul’s who at 93, still works works selflessly each day in one ministry or another, and never complains,” said Linda Davis Monley St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Director. “She is the epitome of Christian service and has set the bar very high for all of us.”
“The Thrift Shop is unique in that the people volunteering are always happy, and people coming in comment about how much they enjoy visiting and shopping here,” Airrior said.
“It’s a wonderful event to honor all volunteers as a group,” said Becky Costlow St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Manager. “We hope we do a good job of honoring each individual all year.”
The luncheon was catered by the St. Paul’s Cooking Ministry, and we are grateful for their service as well as for everyone who attended.
At the luncheon, two volunteers were honored with awards for their dedication and work at the Thrift Shop.
Wayne Brunson was awarded The Nifty Thrifty Award for Volunteer of The Year.
Director of the Thrift Shop Board, Jane Shoultz, said about Wayne in her speech:
Wayne has worked on the sorting and pricing table three mornings a week for two years. He says one of the highlights of his week is to work at the Thrift Shop. He enjoys fellowship of the other Thrift Shop volunteers, especially coming in a little early to help solve the world’s problems over a cup of coffee with Dale and Borden.
The Life Time Achievement Award was given to Airrior Norwood for her 30 plus years of service to the Thrift Shop.
“I think it is safe to say that all of us would like to grow up to be just like this wonderful lady!” Jane Shoultz said. “We love you and appreciate all you do! It is very appropriate that you are this year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient.”
Airrior volunteers once a week at the Thrift Shop. She has served on the Thrift Shop Board, served on the Church Vestry, and attends church every Sunday, as well as almost all of the church functions.
“No body is more deserving that Airrior of this award,” said Thrift Shop Director Linda Davis-Monley. “Her commitment to serving others is an example to all of us.”
Borden Morrow has been a volunteer at St. Paul’s Thrift Shop for 20 years. During his time with the shop, he has been Chairman of the Board, and received the St. Paul’s Thrift Shop Life Time Achievement Award for his volunteer work.
He volunteers at the shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the men’s clothing department where he sorts, prices, and hangs clothing. He began as a volunteer after his wife encouraged him to get involved with the shop.
“I enjoy the company, the comradery, and the environment. Volunteering is my hobby, and I have to stay active,” Borden said.
Borden has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1990, and has lived in Baldwin County since 1978. Borden and his wife decided to move to Baldwin County after falling in love with the area while driving through. He retired from teaching at Faulkner State, and he has continued to stay active by volunteering.
“I’m glad to be a part of an organization that gives so much to the community. The Thrift Shop is a very noble organization. 75 cents of every dollar that comes through the register is donated to over 20 organizations.”
If you would like to volunteer with St. Paul’s Thrift Shop, please, contact us at 251-626-6102, or visit us at 28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL. 36526.