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Local volunteer honored with cruise
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Ed Stone, of Elgin, and his wife, Robin, aboard the cruise ship Celebrity Reflection in November. Stone won the cruise, along with other community volunteers from across the country, from Cabot Creamery Cooperative, an upstate New York family-owned dairy cooperative. - photo by Provided by Cabot Creamery

Ed Stone of Elgin in Kershaw County was recently recognized by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, a New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative, for his selfless volunteerism in his community.

According to a Cabot press release, Stone helps where he is needed. House repairs, lawn care, transporting those in need, donating food for fundraisers, or supporting Meals on Wheels, Stone gives his time freely where and when it is needed, the company said.

Stone often lends a hand to widows who are struggling after the loss of a spouse. He utilizes his background as a builder to help take care of things around the house. One of those widows saw Common Kindness asking for Cabot Community Celebrity nominations, and immediately signed Stone up. When the phone call came, he was quite surprised and went to the internet to figure out if he was being scammed. He said he has since taken her and her family to dinner to express his thanks.

It’s out there every day,” Stone said in the press release. “You don’t have to travel too far from your house to find people in need. There are people to meet, stories to share, and work to do.”

Stone received an all-expense-paid Eastern Caribbean cruise recognizing his volunteer work.

He joined 57 honorees from across the country on the Nov. 14-21 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise, along with Cabot staff and special honorees selected from program partners AARP Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. The “Community Celebrities” were flown from their hometowns and boarded the cruiseship Celebrity Reflection in Miami, which made stops in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their partners work to evolve the notion of celebrity as recognition of community service and volunteerism. The farm families who own Cabot often volunteer in their communities. They want to show their gratitude to those organizations and individuals who do the same in the communities where their award-winning dairy products are sold.

The Cabot Community Celebrities, along with the Reward Volunteers program, and the travelling Cabot Gratitude Grille illustrate the many ways Cabot’s dairy farm families honor, amplify, and reward those who give time to do good. 

Even simple acts can lead to big change and Cabot officials said they are proud to work with its partners and sponsors to celebrate good people for their good deeds and build networks of help that can last a lifetime.

The cruise set sail for the fifth time and during those years, Cabot has honored more than 160 deserving volunteers.