OUR VIEW: St. Nicholas award promotes volunteering

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

As part of Christmas on the River every year, the COTR St. Nicholas committee accepts letters of nomination for St. Nicholas. These letters are submitted by the general public nominating someone of the community who has volunteered their time in support of children in some way.

According to committee chairperson, Jennifer Roemen the St. Nicholas crown is a very prestigious honor and nominees and winner is normally very humble and quiet people. Roemen said these people otherwise would not get the recognition they deserve for the contributions they make to the children. Roemen said the night of the crowning of St. Nicholas

and honor ceremony for the nominees is a special night for this recognition.

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This year’s nominees set great examples of people working diligently for the children of the community. Geraldine Walker provides healthcare services for the children of Demopolis Schools as a school nurse. Martha Sue Clem is an avid worker and supporter of the Crippled Children’s Clinic. Toney Nixon volunteers his musical talents to entertain the children and the people of Demopolis and surrounding areas. Lucille Carpenter promotes rescued and homeless animal placement for the humane society. LaCornia Harris donates his time through his ministry outreach and his restaurant. Verne and June Humble work diligently with Operation Christmas Child providing shoeboxes of clothes and gifts for children in need. Arletha Perry is actively involved in children’s music as the choral director of Demopolis Schools and with her church.

All of this year’s nominees set an example to the community of how one person can impact the life of another by providing their time and service. We encourage you to become active in your community and feel a void where there is a need, whether the need be for a child, adult or an animal. Find something where your talents or abilities can be used and volunteer your services to help make a better community.