My grandmother, Nettie McCarty was one of the four nominees for Greenwood County Neighbor of the Year. The award is presented by the Chamber of Commerce.
From an article in the Index Journal on December 9th:
" McCarty is the founder of the 96 Mill Village Neighborhood Association. She was nominated by Regina Berry, the association president. McCarty has lived and worked in Ninety Six for more than 40 years.
She began her own clown ministry, entertaining and ministering to her community. Although she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, McCarty still contributes and supports her community through numerous volunteer projects. After having her grandson committed to a drug and alcohol rehab facility, McCarty put together a committee to establish a “March Against Drug and Crime,” that more than 200 people participated in. Through McCarty’s inspiration the 96 Mill Village Association has been able to turn their neighborhood around and begin to make a difference in the community, Berry said.
“Netty McCarty proved the theory of the Power of One,” Berry said. “(She) made a huge difference in the lives of many and deserves recognition for her efforts.” "
What the article does not say is my grandmother's Parkinson's is advanced. She struggles with it each and every day, yet she finds the strength within to be active in her community.
She an outstanding example for all of us.