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Many hands make light work

October 8, 2012 - Mike Donahey
“Many hands make light work,” is a phrase my late mother-in-law used often.

She used it to describe situations like washing the dishes, housecleaning, leaf raking, painting, or other jobs where extra hands made a seemingly time-consuming task an easy one.

She would have enjoyed watching three of my co-workers respond to help me with a task I thought initially daunting, until their hands made my work light. A request by the Iowa Veterans Home's Mike Hines to provide 50 copies of the Oct. 7 Past Times was the mission. IVH’s 125th anniversary was the PT cover story and Hines wanted extras for the facility’s library. I wanted to honor his request. He had been extremely helpful to me in scheduling an interview with Commandant David Worley — necessary for the story. Based on past experience, I thought I'd be able to provide 20 or 25 copies.

Thanks to help, I had more than 100 copies in less than 10 minutes! News department co-workers Kathy and Pam quickly found 50-plus in or near the newsroom, while Randy in circulation found me another 50. Randy showed me a resource to find extras I did not know existed. I delivered the copies to Hines within 40 minutes of his call, which he appreciated.

And I certainly appreciated the quick thinking and action by my three compatriots. IVH residents and staff will benefit greatly from their prompt and courteous efforts, as they will have an opportunity to read the compelling history of how Marshalltown won what was once called the "Iowa Soldiers Home."



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