Church group recognized with volunteer service award

During an annual visit to Central Regional Hospital, the Hinshaw United Methodist Women of Greensboro were honored with a Resolution and Proclamation honoring 65 years of volunteerism to our area. The award was presented by the Granville County Board of Commissioners, with Chairman Zelodis Jay presenting the award.


Known as the “Hinshaw Ladies” and “Church Ladies,” the group began providing Christmas parties for patients of John Umstead Hospital in the early 1950s.  Eventually they transitioned to delivering Easter baskets for adult patients, along with homemade treats and punch. For the past 15 years, the group has also provided an annual Bingo party as they greet their guests of honor, play Bingo, help select prizes and share snacks as each patient leaves with a smile and a bag overflowing with prizes. In addition to the eagerly-awaited parties, the “Hinshaw Ladies” provide generous support to Operation Santa Claus, a project providing a gift box for those hospitalized Christmas morning.


The group continued their volunteer service as John Umstead merged with Dorothea Dix Hospital to become Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in 2008. In 2018, the “third generation of “The Church Ladies” began work to continue the legacy of volunteering.


CRH is a state-operated in-patient psychiatric facility serving 25 centrally located North Carolina counties and almost 400 patients. Over the past 65 years, the Hinshaw United Methodist Women have shown caring and compassion to thousands in treatment for mental illness in this Granville County facility.


On May 6, this group was additionally honored with the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. They are pictured here with Chairman Jay and their pastor. 


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