CASA volunteers receive gift from Kroger

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - As a thank you for their service, the Kroger company recently awarded CASA volunteers with a token of appreciation.

Doctor appointments aren't always the highlight of a person's day, but Elizabeth Hicklen finds a silver lining.

"Good friendship, real good friendship, real nice people," Hicklen said.

In fact, appointments mean a car ride with an acquaintance like Bob Ford, who becomes a friend.

"He's a nice feller, this is the first time I've met him," said Ford.

Since Ford moved to Madison County last year, Ford found enjoyment through offering a shotgun seat to seniors in our area.

"It makes me feel useful," Ford told us.  He helps CASA as a volunteer with transportation services.

"I need help and they're good to help me," said Hicklen.  "[They] carry me where ever or do whatever I need done."

"When they're able to open up and speak. It's really fun to get their take on life, their take on what's going on around," said Ford.

Ford is one of the volunteers who received a $25 gift card from the Kroger company.  He says he appreciates the gas money, but it doesn't necessarily fuel his drive to help.

"Matter of fact, this feels strange," he said.

Kroger donated $1,500 worth of fuel to the CASA volunteers.  But, riders like Ms. Hicklen know their services are priceless.

"I really don't know what we'd do without them," she said.

As the pair walks into the Heart Center, Ford challenges us all to have a heart for the seniors in need of our service.

"There's all kinds of chances to come and help, and it's needed," said Ford.

CASA relies solely on volunteers to provide services for seniors and homebound in Madison County.

If you would like to help aid their efforts, visit to see volunteering opportunities or call (256) 533-7775.

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