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      The Heartland gives back to area volunteers

      The City of Kirksville is taking time to recognize those who make a difference.

      The 41st Annual Recognition Banquet was organized by Heartland RSVP and took place at the Kirksville Moose Lodge Tuesday. Over 250 volunteers were honored for their service and dedication to the community. The crowd took part in a Hawaiian themed lunch, award ceremony and prize raffle. Kirksville Mayor Glen Moritz was on hand to provide opening remarks and tell the volunteers "thank you."

      "We're giving to something we usually like or appreciate the cause that we're supporting," Mayor Moritz said. "It means we're giving from the bottom of our hearts. I've found it's truly more blessed to give than to receive."

      In 2013, Heartland RSVP volunteers donated approximately 60,000 hours of time thoughout the Heartland. Some of the places include volunteering at the local food bank, nursing homes and Chrisitian organizations.

      "It's a 50/50 proposition," said RSVP Director Pat Selby. "For a lot of the volunteers, this is their service to the community. They get as much out of it as the agency they're serving at. So it means a lot to them too and it's their way of participating to make their community better."