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Good Deeds: Rainbows United volunteer: It’s a way of life

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 7:38 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.

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Good Deeds is a feature recognizing volunteers for their service to the community. Do you know someone doing Good Deeds? E-mail us at volunteers@ wichitaeagle.com.

Volunteering is what Margaret Shook thrives on.

“I read an article on five things to do to keep young,” Shook said. “You keep young by doing things for other people.

“Volunteers are never depressed. You don’t have time to think about yourself. It becomes a way of life.”

At 68, she has been a volunteer at Rainbows United for more than three decades. On Tuesday, she became the first honorary member of the Linda Weir Enegren Society, created to honor people who are living examples of the Rainbows United mission and legacy.

“I have always been a Margaret wannabe,” said Deb Voth, president of Rainbows United. “She is so gracious, so positive. She is someone I want to mirror myself as.”

Shook began volunteering at Rainbows United in 1978. A little boy that she and her husband adopted was born with special needs.

“I was told about Rainbows, and Brandon attended there,” Shook said. “We became part of their family. I don’t know what we would have done without them.”

And when Brandon died in 1994, she continued volunteering.

“She is the nice sergeant who drives everything and brings so many different people into the community to support us,” Voth said. “She is the most lovely, gracious woman you could ever meet.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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