Dedicated cafeteria volunteer wins People Taking Action award

Posted at 9:36 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 17:30:48-04

NORFOLK, Va. - With the principal leading the way, we surprised a special volunteer at Norfolk Christian.

Nancy Chrisman, who helps out in the Lower School's cafeteria, didn't know what was going on....but soon figured something was up, when we encouraged the retiree to come from the kitchen area where dozens of students were waiting and exploded into cheers.

I explained to Chrisman it was email sent to me that had me show up at the school. It spoke of her dedication, whether she's dishing up food, just chatting with the kids, tying shoes or giving big hugs, she's just a special cafeteria volunteer. Monday through Friday the retiree is  helping out at the school where her granddaughters attend.

The director of Lower Schools for Norfolk Christian, Angela R. de Mik, read off a portion of the email she sent; "She is so humble, kind and would never want the spotlight, but she truly deserves it. What a faithful, hardworking and loving grand-partner to have in our school! We love you Miss Chrisman!"

For those reasons, we presented her with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action award. She was stunned. "I'm, I'm amazed!  I'm very humbled by it."

We also gave her a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action pin, plus a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank. She was very grateful and explained why she does volunteers,  "I'm just a helper. You know God has some people who just help; that's me."