Anna M.

Ocean Springs, MS
Nominated by Nettie Phillips

Volunteered for:

Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary

Length of Service:

30 hours per month for 20 years

February 27, 2014

Anna is one of the happiest, most upbeat, positive people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. She is a treasure and a pleasure to be around and makes everyone she meets feel blessed with her company. She stated, "I am not going to stay home and hold my hands until I have to. Then I'll use the telephone and read. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering". After retiring from 37 years of teaching, in 1994 she began volunteering with the Gulf Island National Seashore visitor Center as a greeter, guide and in the gift shop. Her volunteering at the hospital Auxiliary also began then. She also volunteers at East Central Library where she volunteers for book sales, annual book contests, adult reading classes, is on the planning committee, serves as a hostess for meetings and judges various children contests promoted by the library. She housed volunteers who helped with the recovery after hurricane Katrina and housed a homeless family for several months until they could get back on their feet. Anna was honored by WLOX TV station for her volunteer efforts after the hurricane. Anna volunteers at her church teaching a Sunday School class of her peers (she has taught for 54 years at all age groups). She ministers to the members of her class and keeps up with those who are sick or shut in through a card ministry and visits which she also extends to members of the auxiliary. She has been an administrator for many Vacation Bible Schools at churches and hosts slumber/worship parties in her home for teenagers in her church. At the OSH Auxiliary she has over 5500 volunteer hours, and was elected Auxilian of the year in 2012. She works in several areas, including surgery waiting room, lobby information desk and corridor information desk, ICU waiting rooms, and helps with blood drives. She is willing and happy to fill in if another member is out. She is also chairperson of the tray favors committee for the Auxiliary. As such, she contacts community organizations and churches to ask them to make about 150 tray cards for patients each month. All 12 months for 2014 are already filled by organizations volunteering. She is a very caring person and that shows when she interacts with visitors, guests and patients at the hospital as well as with auxiliary members and everyone else she meets. She looks for ways to help others. Recently a wheelchair used by a handicapped lady at her church was in serious need of repair. She arranged for the chair to be repaired and arranged for a wheelchair to be loaned while the other chair was being repaired, all at no cost. Anna Miller is very deserving of this award and recognition for all she has done and does to help others, the years of volunteering, and the effect she has on the lives of others who have the privilege to meet and know her. The Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary is proud to nominate Anna Miller for this award.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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