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August 25, 2013

Good Deeds: Retired vet says he volunteers ‘because we are supposed to’

Fred Wingert is one of those people who, when he volunteers, prefers to stay behind the scenes.

Fred Wingert is one of those people who, when he volunteers, prefers to stay behind the scenes.

“There’s a ton of people who do just as much as I do or more,” said Wingert, 80, a retired Wichita veterinarian.

He volunteers wherever he’s needed. Most often it has been at the Lighthouse Community Church in Oaklawn — the area that was hit last year by a tornado — where he has recently been building shelves and helping collect and distribute food and clothing.

He volunteered day after day after the Greensburg tornado in 2007 helping take care of injured and lost pets. He has volunteered and worked with other veterinarians at Hopi and Zuni Indian reservations, and he goes to Moundridge and helps build state-of-the-art wheelchairs.

“I’ve been volunteering basically all my life,” said Wingert, who attends First Mennonite Brethren Church in west Wichita. “It’s because we are supposed to. If you go to any church at all, it says help the needy, the homeless, help anybody. That is what we are challenged to do.

“It’s rewarding … you meet a lot of great and neat people.”

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