Scottsdale Salutes city volunteer Ginny Watson

Ginny Watson (submitted photo)

Ginny Watson (submitted photo)

Helping out in the community is a trait Scottsdale resident Ginny Watson learned years ago as a little girl growing up in Chicago.

Now years later, she still carries that same quality.

Ms. Watson, a resident since 1982, has been volunteering with groups in Scottsdale for the past few years.

“My folks always said ‘you need to volunteer and help out,’” said Ms. Watson in a Feb. 17 phone interview. “When we were little my mom was always really active in the church and in the community; when I retired I wanted to start my new life, and I said ‘I want to help others.’”

“I’ve been so fortunate to do that.”

On Tuesday afternoons Ms. Watson volunteers at the front desk of the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. In addition, she leads the Knit for the Needy group at the center.

The group meets twice a month and knits items for babies, children and adults.

“It’s so heartwarming to know people need items,” said Ms. Watson.

She coordinates where the items will go, and either drops the items off or arranges for the knitted items to be picked up. Last year, the group donated almost 1,100 items to different agencies around the Valley, said Ms. Watson.

Ms. Watson also volunteers at the Vista Del Camino Food Bank, 7700 E. Roosevelt, on Thursday mornings.

“It does keep you busy, but I enjoy every minute of it,” said Ms. Watson. “I’ve met so many wonderful people.”

Before volunteering in Scottsdale Ms. Watson worked in human resources field, and specialized in benefits and compensation for employees for the last 10-15 years of her career.

“I bought my starter patio home, and I’m still in my patio home,” she said. “I love it here. It’s a great community.”

Ms. Watson said she appreciates the work that people do to help the underprivileged.

“People don’t realize the senior center and the food bank and all the other places, what they do to help support the seniors and underprivileged,” Ms. Watson said.

The Knit for the Needy group is always accepting new members and donations for the group, Ms. Watson said.

“We certainly accept yarn donations, which people can drop off at Via Linda Senior Center,” said Ms. Watson. “And we certainly would love new members – anyone who can knit and crochet.”

The group meets 1 p.m. on the first Monday and third Wednesday of the month at the Via Linda Senior Center.

For more information and meeting times for Knit with the Needy visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/seniors. To volunteer in the city of Scottsdale visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/volunteer.

To nominate a Scottsdale volunteer for Scottsdale Salutes, e-mail Melissa Fittro at Mfittro@newszap.com.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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