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09/10/04

Hometown Hero--Gene Weith

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Thousands of people in the Coastal Empire volunteer their time and talent for the good of the community. A lot of those volunteers work through the United Way. Shirley Sessions is the director of the volunteer center and says Gene Weith has redefined volunteerism.

"I think he's volunteering right now for over 30 agencies in out community, and I don't mean like one hour a day," she told us. "Basically I think he's 24 hours a day volunteering."

In 2002 Weith won the Hershel V. Jenkins Award as well as the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award. This year, he was nominated by nearly a dozen agencies for his outstanding volunteer work. To honor his service to the community, the United Way gave him its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

"My purpose in becoming a volunteer is through my Christian background and my church activities and so forth," Weith said. "I do it strictly from the standpoint of compassion, believing that people are entitled to all the things that we experience and take for granted, but they have a difficult time obtaining."

From handing out brown bags to conducting an executive board meeting, Gene Weith is providing community service unmatched by anyone.

"I'm here by the grace of God and good medical care and so forth, and I firmly believe that the reason I'm able to do this is because I'm active and giving to the community," he said.

Gene Weith is a cancer survivor, he has an artificial hip, two artificial knees and a device to regulate his heart beat. But just like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going and going and going. He's this week's Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

 

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