2015 Rome, GA Volunteer of the Year – Hannah Payne

Rome, GA – On May 3 during an assembly at Unity Christian School, Captain Douglas McClure  presented the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award to Hannah Payne. Hannah is a junior at UCS and very active in her church, Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church. Hannah’s youth leader, Benjie Mathis, said,  “Hannah is an outstanding student, leader, and Christian young lady with a heart for serving.”

Hannah goes out of her way to take on projects and opportunities to enrich the lives of OTHERS. She is a real hero! Over the past two years, Hannah has organized a canned food drive for the food pantry, helped to organize a group to IMG_0363help with the Run for the Homeless 5K, prepared food for the Rome Community Christmas Eve Dinner, served food for various meals at the Rome Salvation Army shelter, and participated in the Christmas party for shelter guests. She has been busy!

Children’s minister Chris Giddens said about Hannah, “She has always been a joyful, but strong leader.  When she was in children’s ministry, she was an encourager and always looked for ways to help her friends.

With Hannah, it is always about OTHERS. She looks for ways to make the lives of others richer and fuller. During the presentation, Captain McClure said, “Hannah, you spend so much time making sure other people get noticed, but today, all of the fingers are pointing at you, kid!” We are grateful for Hannah’s ministry and service through The Salvation Army and look for her to do amazing things in the future.

“We love her great big heart and we are thankful that the Lord allowed others to enjoy it too. She is a blessing to us” said Hannah’s mother, Sherie Payne.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
(1 Timothy 4:12 NIV)




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