Volunteer response is overwhelming

Published 10:12 am Saturday, December 3, 2016

Candyland appears to have appeal to kids of all ages, based upon the number of young people who have volunteered to help.

Chamber Executive Director Chrissie Duffy helps a student steady herself on ice skates.

Chamber Executive Director Chrissie Duffy helps a student steady herself on ice skates.

Last month, the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce put out an appeal for volunteers to help man the elements of Candyland – which include cottages for imaginary play; snow shows; ice skating; a holiday train; a snow slide; and Friday night movies. The response was overwhelming, Chamber Executive Director Chrissie Duffy said.

“We are excited that so many people want to be a part of it,” Duffy said. “We created signup books, and the kids filled every spot on it and added lines.”

Students earn community service hours by working at Candyland, and their jobs will include pushing kids down the tube slide; assisting with the ice skating rink; supervising cottage play; and answering questions for tourists.

Coastal Cotton donated 100 T-shirts for volunteers, which were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are long-gone, Duffy said.

Duffy said while she and assistant Maggie Jones are pleased with the response, they could still use some adult volunteers to work as volunteer coordinators during the hours that Candyland is open.

“We also have a need for some help this Saturday afternoon, because many of our kids who are volunteers have sub-deb this weekend,” she said. “If anyone is willing to come out, we could use the help.”

The Chamber also would appreciate contributions from those willing to provide food for both paid city workers and volunteers.

“We have a volunteer checkpoint at Springdale with a table set up,” Duffy said. “If anyone would like to bring food, that would be the place to drop it off.”

For additional information, contact Duffy or Jones at 222-2030