ORLANDO, Florida – Each week, as part of the News 6 Getting Results Award segment, we spotlight people in Central Florida who are going above and beyond and making a difference for their neighbors.
The people and how they chose to help were as diverse as the communities they served.
As this year draws to a close, we thought it was a great time to reflect on their stories and the moments that impacted so many people.
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We started the year in Brevard County, where Brevard Mask Makers volunteer Marsha Plog made masks for students and the elderly.
Mary Ann Laverty spent her days driving across the county, delivering supplies and finished masks to those in need.
“We have so many talented sewers and seamstresses in our community who were willing to help, but they had certain limitations,” Laverty said. “We have made over 35,000 masks that we have donated to the community and we continue to be strong. “
It might be hard to remember now, but at the time, the COVID-19 vaccine was just starting to become available and people were struggling to get appointments through online portals.
Linda and Richard Griffing, who are retirees, tried several times, but each day the date schedule was full before they could register.
“You were going to the site and you couldn’t get anything,” recalls Richard Griffing. “Suddenly all the appointments are gone. Boom, end of story, ”added Linda.
But Mary Steele used her spare time and computer skills to help those who couldn’t register.
“I just hope if it was my mom someone would help her,” Steele said when asked why she spends most of her free time helping others.
We visited the Greenwood Place Assisted Living Center. Mary Ann Ball has written to us to congratulate the staff there for keeping her parents safe and in a good mood during COVID security protocols.
“One day it was raining and the staff was there with umbrellas saying that was what we were doing,” Ball said. “Our loved ones need to see family.
We met a school resources manager who is changing perceptions.
Assistant Brian Jensen has been the School Resources Manager at Mollie Ray Elementary School for the past three years and wins over students and their parents, one semester at a time.
“Kids who when I started here didn’t even speak to me in large part because of my uniform,” Jensen recalls. “Now they come to see me every day. “
From the moment he arrived on campus, Jensen made it his mission to get involved. Netisha Thornelant’s parents learned about it. Thornelant nominated him for the News 6 Getting Results Award.
“Well I sent the email because I know Channel 6 comes at a price for results and with everything going on between police interactions, especially with minorities, I think Deputy Jensen is someone who provides that good example of police interaction with our youth. “
We met Jerry Vaughan, a veterans advocate who goes to great lengths to honor the last wills of the men and women who have served our country.
Vaughan collects vintage uniforms as part of his Dover Detail project. Uniforms are used for veterans who wish to be buried in the uniforms they wore while on duty.
“One of the last things he did was ask me to find a uniform for him so that when he got out he could go out however he wanted,” Vaughan said as we watched him put on a uniform. the WWII Navy to decorate it. veteran Philip Bradstreet, who died at the age of 94.
We were there the day longtime children’s champion Linda Sutherland retired. Sutherland was Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County for 20 years.
She was nominated by her colleague Jarred McCovery.
“We made the decision to name Linda, it was a no-brainer,” said McCovery. “She’s just accomplished so much during her tenure here, everything she’s done for families, it made perfect sense to nominate her for this award.”
We showed you horseback therapy at Freedom Ride Stables in Orlando. Every day for almost 20 years, riders of all ages have climbed these magnificent giant creatures and become one with nature. Staff and customers are eagerly awaiting the new facilities a few miles away.
We have witnessed the friendship in the alleys of the Villages. The Special Friends Bowling Club meets weekly to provide activities and socialization for village residents with special needs.
Ray Kleczowski has been organizing the meetings for over 20 years.
“There are no faults here.” Kleczowski said, as dozens of people played, laughed and cheered around him. “This is how life should be. “
We saw Paddle With A Purpose volunteers cleaning up our waterways. The organizer, JR Tanhgal, is a leader with several non-profit organizations in the region.
“I don’t think people realize the magnitude of what he does,” said volunteer Briona Jones. “The amount of money he raised for different organizations. “
We have featured several people who dedicate their time to help feed their neighbors. Mike Hayes took advantage of his restaurant experience and opened a non-profit kitchen called God’s Table.
Shereece Mitchell turned her knowledge of healthy eating and exercise into a drive-thru pantry called Butterfly Lifestyle.
Kelli Marks started Backpack Buddies to help feed children in their Orange City community.
And Deryl Ames helped build and stock a small pantry in his St. Cloud neighborhood.
Finally, with a new year upon us and hope for the future, we saw a special group of volunteers remember the service members we lost in 2021.
Volunteers from the Cape Canaveral Ladies were on hand for every funeral at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery while no other friends or family could attend.
“There are times when I’m here where some of these services touch me and I find myself in tears,” Debra Griffin, president of the Cape Canaveral Ladies, told us.
The coming year will certainly have more surprises in store for you, but as we have seen, your neighbors never fail to “get results” and we will be there to share them with you.
If you know someone “Getting Results”, use the form below to let us know. You may see them featured in the coming weeks.
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