Volunteer keeps Thornton pantry running like a well-greased machine

THORNTON, Colo. — Visit the North Suburban Medical Center on the third Thursday of the month and it will be hard to miss Diana Wadding in the parking lot. She’s the one wearing the bright orange vest and directing the volunteers to the pantry.

“Once you get past unloading the truck and everything is assembled, it runs like a great, well-greased machine,” she said.

Adams County, especially the area around the hospital, has many residents who face food insecurity daily. For three years, Wadding coordinated NSMC’s monthly pantry. His passion for helping people is legendary at the hospital.

“She’s also instrumental in helping people attend health fairs,” said Ellen Duran, NSMC’s community relations manager. “She’s the first to sign up to sign people up for our flu clinics.”

Duran said Wadding is reaching out to people at the hospital to volunteer. She even has her own network of community volunteers whom she brings with her to many events.

“Diana is a superstar. She is truly a hero in our eyes,” Duran added.

Wadding said for her that volunteering is about helping people.

“I’m satisfied to see the smiles on their faces,” she said.

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