At a time when most people her age are doing less, Dorothy Marion thrives on doing more.

The 83-year-old spends her free time helping out at King’s Harvest in Davenport.

“I enjoy being here, I enjoy helping,” she says, “I keep saying I’m gonna stop but I don’t. I come.”

Ellie Shinn runs the shelter’s meal site ministry. 

“Dedication – that’s what we got out of most of our volunteers,” says Shinn, “and she comes in with aches and pains and just keeps on going.”

Affectionately known as “Miss D”, Dorothy has been coming here to help out at King’s Harvest three times a week for the better part of a decade. 

She says this is something she was called to do.

“God gives everybody a gift – so my gift is the gift of service,” says Dorothy, “and that’s why I’m doing this.”

“We’re family. I know all about her, she knows all about me. We pray for each other,” says Shinn – who has known “Miss D” since they started serving the quad cities’ homeless.

Shinn calls her selfless.

“We miss her a lot when she’s gone. Not just because of what she does, but we love her, and the people here love her too.”

It’s that love and care about the work she does here that keeps Dorothy coming back.

“I enjoy helping people, being here, serving, and i get to know the people.” Dorothy adds, “I’ll stay here as long as I can and as long as I’m able.”

Dorothy Marion – she’s one of Local 4’s Finest.

King’s Harvest says it’s always looking for volunteers. Click here for more info.  

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