Volunteers Working for a good cause on Labor Day

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

This Labor Day, instead of barbequing or lying by the poolside, this group of volunteers are using their day laboring their love for a cause, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association or MDA.

"I guess you can say if you do a good deed it makes you feel better at the end of the day and I just enjoy it. I love doing it, I love coming out with all the kids and you get friendships out of it and it's just an experience of a lifetime," Charles Renfro, a long time volunteer with MDA, said.

Having a loved one affected with muscular dystrophy hits home for volunteers like Josh and Charles, the biggest fundraiser of the year is also a reunion for friends and family.

"I'm here today because this is the only passion that I have in life.  It's just one of those things where the life expectancy isn't very long and to make everything better for them just for a little bit is rewarding for me too," Josh Barnett, a volunteer and camp counselor for MDA camp, said.

For the Midland Police Alumni Association, the most rewarding part is the hope for future breakout and that's why they've been here, year after year for over a decade...

"...to find a cure to get it out of our way the more we put in for research the better our chance we can keep our younger generation from going through all of this," Gene Washam, a volunteer with the Midland Police Alumni Association, said.