MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Each month, we highlight an outstanding volunteer in the community in our Eleven Who Care segment. Now, we are taking look back at those people who have made a difference in many different people's lives. This is the second part of our 2017 Eleven Who Care recap.
How do you say thank you for those who sacrifice everything for our freedoms? Jack Bonner enlisted in the Army at just 17 years old. After returning from Vietnam, he's dedicated his time to supporting other veterans like him.
"We're proud of what we've done," Bonner says. "We're proud of what our veterans now are doing."
In July, we saw the work he does as entertainment committee chairman and chaplain for VFW Post 79, putting on fundraisers and community events - all aimed at giving back to our veterans.
In August we met a volunteer with a special kind of love: Shannon Benson. She's spent years working alongside adults with disabilities at MIDD and now directs Area 5 Special Olympics.
"I guarantee, you're going to leave there, feeling like they've volunteered their time for you," Benson says.
She says she gets far more out of the experience than any of the children do.
September, brought us to Adrian Cross, who's volunteered with a huge variety of organizations: Weschler Community Arts Center, United Way, Young Professionals of Meridian, the Carter Foundation, the Martin Williams Foundation and more.
"Wherever I'm needed in the community," she says. "Whoever needs help, I try to make myself available."
It's a motto she's lived by since she was a young girl.
In October, Neil Henry wrapped up another season of TOPsoccer. The Outreach Program for Soccer is a national program for children and adults with special needs. He helped to bring the program here six years ago.
"They come out ready to play," Henry says. "So we're winding up our day, their day's getting started because this is something they look forward to."
They've now grown to 60 athletes, who have nothing but good things to say about their coach.
And finally in November, we met a woman who helps to keep the criminals off the streets. Pam Vance isn't a law enforcement officer. She's the executive director for East Mississippi CrimeStoppers, which means she volunteers her time monitoring the program, organizing speaking engagements and keeping in contact with other agencies.
"I don't feel like I do enough for CrimeStoppers because you just feel like you have to help them out as much as you can," Vance says.
Like our other nominees, she says she just wants to make an impact on our community. And that's a wrap on our 2017 Eleven Who Care.