Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ed Vanover was raised on a farm where he learned to love animals and care for his fellow man. On the family farm he helped care for the pigs, cows, cats and dogs — even the pet snake in the barn that took care of the mice.
Gary Hayner said he is blessed with the gift of helping. The Desert Storm Marine and Air Guard retiree volunteers at Camp Guardian, a free camp for special-needs children and adults, and he also helps struggling people through his church.
Melody Prawitz started working with the Special Olympics of Missouri as a volunteer in 1984. Decades later, she now helps oversee the operations of more than 700 athletes from 17 counties in Northwest Missouri.
Like many widows, when Mary Noel-Owens lost her husband of 48 years, she felt lost and even like she was going a bit crazy. It was during her grieving process that Noel-Owens discovered GriefShare, a 13-week program that touches on the different aspects of grief in a group setting.
Ryan Stobaugh remembers having to compose himself when one of his students was awarded the first-place trophy at the Technology Student Association competition in Washington D.C. this year.
Barbara Laurizan is the former president and current board member at Sisters of Solace in St. Joseph. She said she is proud of the progress made at SOS, especially its women’s homeless shelter, which will soon open.
Dr. Scott Killgore counts himself blessed to have been called to two careers that suited him, first as a radio newsman and, for the last 27 years, as a minister. Both pushed him toward involvement in the places where he lived.