It didn't take long for Ed Manisfield to explain why he devotes so many hours volunteering at Crownsville Hospital.
"The people are forgotten here," the Riva resident said Wednesday, as he was being honored for the "Warm a Heart" drive he started. The five-year-old effortbrings in money for patient programs.
Manisfield was one of 150 people honored at the hospital's seventh annual volunteer luncheon Wednesday. The volunteers enjoyed a lunchof crab imperial and chicken and entertainment by the Pascal Go-Getters and the Naval Academy Band Combo.
Marie Turner and Betty Sanborne were among those honored for their service to the hospital. They have volunteered for 22 and 20 years, respectively.
Turner, who volunteers in the canteen snack bar, was honored for her efforts on behalf of the hospital auxiliary as past president, vice president and secretary. She also was a legislative advocate with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and county citizen advisory boards.
"Everyone has a calling," the Annapolis resident said. "I feel mineis in the mental health field. These people need someone to speak ontheir behalf. Not everyone can do this. It takes a special kind of person."
General hospitals in the county have waiting lists for volunteers, she said, but Crownsville doesn't have that "luxury."
"Once you get involved, the years start to pile up and you say, 'Has it really been that long?' " she joked.
Sanborne, a volunteer in the hospital's cash and token shop, which allows patients to purchase donated clothing and jewelry for about 25 cents, started with Crownsville as a teacher's assistant in the Winterode Building.
She was a secretary for the auxiliary for a decade, and said she has stayed with Crownsville because she likes the people.
"I felt I was doing something here. In the cash and token shop we try to know (patients') names and they really like that," the Annapolis resident said.
Fred Hitchock, director of the Division of Volunteer Services with the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, presented the women with certificates from his department and from the governor. Thelma Pippin,director of volunteer services at Crownsville, presented the two with a certificate from the county executive.
Richmond Manigault, chief executive officer at the hospital, thanked them for their continued support.
"It's a privilege and pleasure to welcome you. No time in the history of Maryland or the country has your service been needed," said Manigault, who has been administrator at Crownsville for 3 1/2 years. "In my 28 years in the mental health field, this is the worst recession I've seen. Your role has taken on a significant meaning.
"I caution you, we are going to have to call on you a little bit more, because of the budget," he said. "It doesn't look any better this year."
Crownsville Hospital serves an average of 260 patients, said Pippin.
She said the volunteers contributed 32,238 hours thatotherwise would have cost the hospital $247,173. In cash and materials, the community donated $277,500 to help the hospital.
Volunteers work in the greenhouse, auxiliary, shops and canteen as well as working individually with patients.
Other volunteers honored Wednesday included Daisy Parker, Florence Eldridge, Doris Mathews, Dorothy Braxton and Mildred Montgomery.
Door prizes donated by various businesses in the county were given out to the volunteers after the program.