May B.

Cherry Hill, NJ
Nominated by Barbara Weismann

Volunteered for:

Jewish War Veterans Post 126

Length of Service:

30 hours per month for 15 years

Volunteered for:

Jewish Community Center of Cherry Hill

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 20 years

Volunteered for:

Women in the Military

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 1 year

February 5, 2013

May Brill is a WWII veteran and is the first woman Sr. Vice Commander of her VFW post. The only reason she is not the commander is that she gave up driving 2 years ago. Her special projects are the Veterans Home in Vineland, NJ where she organizes activities, picnics and finds supplies when needed. She also helps organize an annual Thanksgiving dinner for service men and women from Fort Dix. The soldiers are taken in buses and surprised at their destination. They are greeted by about 100 people waving flags and then given a full Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. They are also given a goody bag filled with toiletries. Many of these soldiers will be deployed within a short period of time (the reason they did not go home for the holiday).

Related to her service as a WWII veteran, May goes to local schools and speaks about WWII and what it was like being in the military.

Because of her efforts at the VFW she was appointed by the Governor of NJ as Chairman of the committee "Women in the Military". The committee's job is to raise awareness of homeless women veterans, also to have the women have equal pay for equal work while they are in the military. May speaks to various groups to get their support for this effort.

May attends the Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill and helps to prepare the lunches that are provided to the seniors. She is not the type of person who sits and lets herself be served. She pitches in and helps.

She also organized a group to knit baby hats that are then donated to local hospitals (and hospitals in other countries) to be used for newborns, who lose body heat from their heads when first born.

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Prize Description

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 SaluteToSeniorService.com in recognition of their outstanding service.

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