Those who know GraceWorks well know Mrs. Margaret Bugbee because she has been volunteering for most if its existence. She was 72 when she started in 1997 and has seen GraceWorks grow in size and impact within the community while also being part of the reason for its success.
May 28th, Mrs. Margaret celebrated her 90th birthday with staff and volunteers who have been inspired by her dedication, kindness and cheerful manner the same way she has inspired many others the last 18 years. On June 5, a luncheon will be held in her honor.
Mrs. Margaret’s value lies not only in her cute personality. She works hard sorting, folding and pricing donated underwear, socks and accessories for the Thrift Store. In the process, she has recruited other volunteers and keeps their and staff members’ spirits up during the long tedious days of sorting and folding clothes. The hours she puts in for free make money for GraceWorks to give food to the hungry, help with rent and utility bills and provide school supplies and Christmas gifts and other basics of life for Williamson County families in need.
Why does Mrs. Margaret keep doing it?
“I enjoy the work and what GraceWorks represents in helping people. I like to mingle with the customers in the store. You never know when somebody comes here what load they are bearing. I say hello to them and smile, and sometimes they will turn around and tell you a sad story.
“I’ve had such a good life. This is a good payback for my life.”
We celebrate Mrs. Margaret’s 90th birthday and thank her for everything she means to us.