Volunteer couple finds helping our kids rewarding

About 20 years ago, the church Andy and Diane Limbrecht attended was looking for a new benevolence outreach work. They visited Mount Dora Children’s Home and as they say, the rest is history. Andy and Diane have been intimately involved in the work here ever since and are loved by the children and staff.

“We try to be as involved as we can,” Andy said. “It’s good for the children, but it’s good for us too.”

Andy and Diane, and the Pleasant Grove Road Church of Christ in Inverness, Florida, where they attend, make sure every child at the Children’s Home receives a birthday present, plus goodie baskets at holidays throughout the year. They organize activities for the children including cookouts and Christmas caroling. When a student in the Children’s Home graduates from high school, Andy and Diane make sure they receive gifts. They have even taken a couple of the children on week-long vacations.

“We get as much out of it as we put into it,” Diane said. “The biggest thing I get out of it is showing these kids that they matter.”

Mount Dora appreciates dedicated volunteers like Andy and Diane. They were one of the first recipients of the Divine Servant Award at the annual Tampa Bay Area Benefit Dinner. A cross-stitch item that Diane made hangs in the Thompson House dorm, a tribute to them.

Andy encourages others to become volunteers.

“It will be well worth their effort to be involved.”