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Posted: May 17, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Our Thoughts... Unsung heroes

 In Friday’s edition we published articles about two extraordinary women in our community — Shirley Smith and Martha Taylor.

 Smith serves as the CEO of Repairers of the Breach which helps severely economically disadvantaged families get back on their feet by providing them with food, clothing and shelter. The nonprofit operates a thrift store on Washington Street to help offset the costs of their good work, especially during the winter holidays when they allow certain applicants to shop for gifts free of charge.

 Taylor works as the director of volunteer services at Newton Medical Center. She recently was honored as Volunteer Services Director of the Year by the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations. She is a master of coordination and one of the nicest ladies one could hope to meet.

 Both these women need the support of their community. Yes, they are unsung heroes, but they do need our help too. Smith needs donations, cash or goods, for her store as well as volunteers to staff it. Taylor needs volunteers for the myriad of work they do in every department of the hospital as well as for fundraising efforts.

 To volunteer or donate call Smith at (770) 787-7250 or Taylor at 770-788-6553.

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