A servant's heart: Sandy Johnson

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- Sandy Johnson retired from her teaching career, but she hasn't stopped her mission to help others.

"It's called serving heart," she says. "God has put me in these places."

One of her biggest projects: Central United Methodist Church's ramp ministry team. The only woman on the team, Sandy's out helping build over 100 ramps per year for those in need.

"Sandy is a go-getter," assistant team leader James Whitley says. "She does not let gender stereotypes affect her. She sees a job, she picks up her pink gloves and jumps right in there."

"They cry sometimes, when they come down the ramp," Johnson says. "They haven't been able to do it on their own in a long time."

When she's not out working on ramps, Sandy's tutoring students for the GED program.

"Oh my gosh, your heart just swells up," she says. "You do it for them. But I get far more out of it than their little piece of paper."

She also volunteers at the MSU Riley Center, teaches young children golf through First Tee Meridian and cooks food for seniors through the Friday Lunch Bunch program.

Through the program, Sandy met Pauline Rushing, who is legally blind. She drives her on errands and helps her read labels at the grocery store.

"If I need something, Sandy is there," she says. "Always."

Sandy is making a difference in the lives of so many, but more than that, she's an inspiration.

"She just says to herself, 'I need to do that,' and she goes after it," Jane Massey, who nominated Johnson, says. "And you watch that, and she inspires you. I have become more of a volunteer after being around her."

To nominate someone for Eleven Who Care, you can click the link in the story for a nomination form.

The ramp ministry team is in need of more volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, you can contact Central United Methodist Church at (601)693-1521. Anyone is welcome to join.