Photo provided by SANDRA MADERE -- First row from left are Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bee's Gail Griffin, Patricia Schmidt and Terry Voight; and second row, Ruby Galloway, Ruby Johnson, Linda Hoffman, Melissa Madere and Sandra Madere last month. Not pictured are Joy Munch and Frances Trahan.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community’s Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, held its Christmas meeting at the Bar-Be-Que Station Restaurant last month in Independence. Community Volunteer Units were collected and with 10 members, and more than 3,000 volunteer hours were reported for the year, a news release from the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community said.

As an organization, the Bees volunteer in nursing homes and schools. Members also create “ouch dudes” and “stuffies” for local hospitals, promote recycling, raise money to purchase a water buffalo in Africa, and many other activities, the release said.

The Busy Bees meet the second Tuesday of every month and visitors are always welcome, the release said. For information, call the LSU Extension Office in Amite at (985) 748-9381.