Wagenknecht continues to serve others
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by Teresa Weis
The pandemic has kept Peggy Wagenknecht sheltering in place for months now. She used to keep busy doing for others, lending a helping hand, volunteering at the blood bank, visiting the care centers, sitting with the sick, driving others to doctor appointments and playing the piano for the sheltered elderly, but with her age factor, the fear of COVID-19 abruptly halted her daily outings to do for others.
She is a light that never ceases to shine and tries to make everyone happy. She has a desire to make others smile. She was determined that the circumstance was not going to control her.
She might not be able to see others in person but she believes that it is always nice to have someone in your life who can make you smile even when they are not around – thus the card angel was born. She gathered birthdays and anniversary dates of those she used to visit and began her task. She had come up with a safe alternative that would give her the opportunity to do what she does best – serve others. To date she has sent over 300 cards of good cheer, birthday wishes, anniversary, get well or “just thinking about you” to elderly, friends and healthcare workers in Mount Ayr.
She finds joy in picking out just the right card for just the right person. She is truly the servant of the parable from Matthew 7:12 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Peggy truly believes as she lives each day, she can do her part to make a difference if she can provide sunshine on a cloudy day or touch hearts one at a time. To the world she is just one person but to that one person who receives her card, she may be the world with her gesture of kindness.