In celebration of Older Americans Month, we are recognizing the contributions made by older adults in our communities. We are sharing the nominations submitted for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism by older adults. Stay tuned for an announcement on the winners of this award in the coming weeks.

Edna Cox

Edna Cox is a great asset to our community! She is 86 and still very busy helping others.

She has volunteered with the 4H for 15 years or more and has been involved with the Wayne County Fair, where she enjoys helping with judging of the program. She also donates many items for crafting for 4H and for the Special Clovers. In addition, Edna enters some of her craft projects into the fair and has won a couple times, including Best of Show.

She worked in the school cafeteria for many years and has poured joy and laughter into the kids.

Edna has been a regular volunteer for LifeStream in the café site for nearly 20 years. She still helps with the home route and Gleaners food distribution programs.

She hosts a Home Extension Club at the center, in which she has been involved for 38 years. They meet monthly during which time they pass on interests of the home, life, cooking, crafts, and community. The Home Extension mission is to make the home a better place and encourage community involvement. They take craft items to the State Hospital for their crafting program and also donate funds. She said “I am more than willing to do my share”

After the loss of her husband she found an opportunity to help Amish families with transportation to and from town, appointments and errands. She has been offering her assistance with transportation for the last 4 years and continues to help today.

She helped extensively with her brother, whom has recently passed.

She stated “I do what someone needs, I don’t think I do enough. I love helping others. That is what life is all about, doing for others”.

She is a joy to be around and a Great Volunteer!

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