MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Each month, we shine the spotlight on one person who goes above and beyond in our 11 Who Care segment. This month, we're introduced to a young woman who's helping anyone she can through a variety of organizations.
Adrian Cross is someone you can't help but notice when you're out in the community, mainly because she's everywhere! Plus, she's full of energy.
"She has never been one to just sit down and be quiet," Adrian's mom Sandra Cross says. "She's always been one to just get up and go. She kind of inspires me to get up and go."
While she's not working as a recruiter for Meridian Community College, Cross is giving back to her hometown, working with the Wechsler Community Arts Center, serving on the United Way Board, volunteering with Young Professionals of Meridian, the Martin-Williams Foundation, the Carter Foundation, the Meridian Freedom Project and working at places like LOVE's Kitchen and Feed by Faith. She's also the program director for Community of Hope, inspiring kids to get involved.
"I try to work wherever I'm needed in the community," Adrian says. "Whoever needs help, I try to make myself available."
It's a motto Adrian has lived by since she was a young girl.
"As a child, she has always been very active," Sandra laughs.
"Some would say active, and some would say bad," Adrian says. "But what I like to do is be involved."
She credits her parents with instilling that passion for helping others.
"My parents raised us from a point (view) of somebody is always going to need help from somebody else, so make sure you can help however you can," Adrian says.
"We always wanted our children to be the best they can be," Sandra says. "And we told them that whatever you want to be, if you work hard and care about it, you can achieve it."
If you'd like to nominate someone for 11 Who Care, you may stop by the station to pick up an application or print one from the attached link.