Those at the Bargain Bin in North Platte called Loretta Masters their “saint.”
But Masters, still in shock, wasn’t sure she deserved to be highlighted as a volunteer.
“There’s other people who do so much more,” she said.
Masters spends time volunteering at two local thrift stores, as well as in her church. A former school custodian, Masters took up volunteering after her husband’s death in 2011.
“After my husband passed away I thought, now what am I going to do?” she said. “I think I just felt lost.”
Volunteering gave Masters “a reason to get up for the day,” she said. She enjoys the people and feels useful.
“She’s our saint,” said Linda Kirk, one of Bargain Bin’s bookkeepers.
Kirk said that when volunteers at the Bargain Bin were told someone was needed to do tasks like cleaning bathrooms, many were hesitant. However, Masters volunteered right away, and in addition to helping clean the thrift store, always has a friendly face with customers, Kirk said.
Masters said she enjoys her volunteer tasks, whatever they may be.
“I think it’s really rewarding work,” she said. “And they’re always so nice to you.”