Those Who Give/howard County Joyce Hinton

November 24, 1991|By Ellen Hawks

* PERSONAL: Age 87. Retired as a registered nurse. Has lived in Columbia for 12 years, originally from North Carolina.

* WHERE DO YOU VOLUNTEER? "Many places. Florence Bain Senior Center, Red Cross, Columbia Festival of Arts this year and I'm signed up for next. I read to the visually impaired at Vantage House, a retirement community here, and I teach students who are learning the American language. For years I volunteered as a nurse for football, baseball and county fairs. I also tutored in elementary schools for many years."

* WHAT DO YOU DO? "I've served on many committees at Florence Bain, including being a board member. With the Red Cross here, I have several jobs with the blood donor program. And I go to read to the blind and also read to a neighbor of mine who is visually impaired."

* HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? "I've been at the senior center for five years. I began with Red Cross in 1926 when I went to Florida as a registered nurse to help in a major hurricane, which flooded the area and up to the second floor of the hotel."

* HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME? "If a person wants to volunteer, they will find the time. I just give up a few lunches. No one finds me sitting, I'm on the go."

* WHAT, IF ANY, ARE THE DIFFICULTIES? "None at all. Certainlnot age. If people wouldn't talk about being old, they wouldn't be. I'm blessed with good health and good eyesight."

* HOW DO YOU BENEFIT? "My real benefit comes from helping the visually impaired and I'll always do that. Eyesight is so important."

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