named a Time Warner
was named one of Time Warner Cable's "Hometown Heroes" in a ceremony at San Antonio's Omni Hotel.
is one of 16 South Texas residents who received the awards this year.
Volunteers like Sanders
said, give out of the joy of helping others and not for personal gain or recognition.
And that's how it is with Sanders
, who was nominated as a "Hometown Hero" by the Seguin Head Start program where she
volunteers on the policy council, overseeing policy and code compliance for the organization.
'm really pleased, I really am," Sanders
love doing things for children and have for a number of years.This was a nice surprise."Sanders
has volunteered locally ever since arriving in Seguin
started up the ‘Stuff the Bus" program, and I
've been the chairman, I think, since about 1993," Sanders
The "Stuff the Bus" program works with Seguin ISD
and Lions volunteers and others to collect money for school supplies for 1,000 local kids annually.Sanders is also a member of the Sunrise Lions Club.
"They support me in everything I
do, so I
can't leave them out of this," Sanders
said."The Lions collect the money, we bag the things up and deliver them the week before school starts."
As part of the "Stuff the Bus" program, Sanders
has helped organize a health fair to get qualifying children signed up for local helping and service programs without having to go all around town to find them.Also as part of her work as a Lion, Sanders helps recruit disabled children for Lions Camp - a job she's done for seven years.She is a director of the Rural Area Parenting Program, an agency that teaches parenting skills, and is president of the Guadalupe County Inter-Agency.
Over the past three years, she
has also been collecting sunglasses for adults with the Laureate Zeta Psi Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
"We provide them to the Cranny resale shop, and they've been distributed to about 1,000 people with the proceeds benefitting the Family Violence Shelter," Sanders
said volunteer work - giving back and in so doing lifting us all - is part of the fabric of any small community and is something everyone should try.She
also said she
had the perfect opportunity for anyone who wished to do so - next summer, just before the school year starts.
"If anybody wants to help ‘Stuff the Bus,' we could use some volunteers, and we're doing that the first Saturday in August.We'll be bagging on Aug. 8," Sanders