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Sweet Gifts to ILYA Youth from The Bee Whisperer

Many of you may know Doyle Dobbins, a member of First U since the 1970’s and a long-time member of the UU Service Committee (UUSC), through which he is dedicated to promoting First U principles and values. His hobby as a bee keeper and honey farmer for over 30 years encompasses similar ideals – respect, dedication and service. For the last several years, he has sold honey at First U and donated the proceeds to UUSC. When a recent opportunity came about to directly support ILYA youth, Doyle – affectionately known as the Bee Whisperer – and his honey were there!
For more reasons than the pandemic, Doyle shares that 2020 was a unique year. He also harvested a record amount of honey. To put things in perspective, his 11 hives average 50-60 pounds of honey every year. In 2020, he harvested over 100 pounds! This prompted him to think creatively about how he could use the extra honey to benefit the community. In addition to donating honey to the Food Bank of Delaware, Doyle generously contributed 39 jars of honey last Christmas to include in the holiday gift packages for our ILYA youth.
Feedback from Division of Family Services and the Independent Living Providers tells us that the youth loved receiving these unique homemade treats. Many thanks to Doyle for sharing these delicious, sweet gifts. Have extra empty jars that would make the perfect honey jars? Save them and Doyle will put them to good use! Jars can be dropped off at the church office or you can contact Doyle directly to arrange pick up or delivery via email at

Might you also have a hobby, talent or niche to share that would be a way to let our ILYA youth know they are cared for throughout the year? Perhaps a special gesture that could be included in an upcoming graduation gift, a new apartment kit or holiday package?
Contact Barbara Crowell at with your ideas. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.