When Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne volunteer Edna Myers, 74, found out she had been named “Volunteer of the Year” by her peers, she said she was surprised.
“I don’t do it for the honor or the awards, I do it for my heart,” she said. “I was shocked, actually ... that I was nominated for volunteer of the year. I was happy that I had made friends that felt that way about me.”
Myers has volunteered her time at THC for six years, and already clocked more than 700 hours of work this year alone.
“She is awesome,” Volunteer Coordinator Jackie Laws said. “She is willing to work anywhere and everywhere. She is cross-trained everywhere in the hospital.”
In fact, Laws said, Myers makes popcorn, takes care of the coffee cart, delivers magazines, newspapers and flowers with a smile. And, she’s never late to work.
“Our volunteers always call and get their own replacement if they need to, but Edna never misses work,” Laws said.
Myers grew up in Cleburne and lived here for most of her life, but moved to Acton several years ago to be closer to family. Still, three days a week, Myers makes the trek to Cleburne because she knows people depend on her.
“I know a little 86-year-old lady that I have known since I was 16 years old,” Myers said. “She let me stay with her Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then I’d get my hair done on Thursday and come home.
“Anyway, she fell and broke her hip [recently]. Bless her heart, she won’t get to come back home, so I am going to have to go back and forth 25 miles.”
But, that’s not far, Myers said. At least not far for a job she finds rewarding.
“I don’t really realize it, because it’s just like I say, I do it because I like to,” she said.
Myers was chosen for the award because co-workers said she is dependable, reliable, helpful and courteous. Myers is one of 50 THC volunteers who give their time to help others.