Time to Care Winner: Woman gives back with meals


Louise LaFavor (WRDW-TV)

First at 5/ July 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Our Time To Care Award winner for July is proof that you're never too old to volunteer. Louise LaFavor has spent a lifetime giving back to others. We caught up with her doing exactly that at the Salvation Army.

At 88 years old, Louise LaFavor doesn't move quite as fast as she used to, but that doesn't stop her from feeding hungry people.

"I've always felt that if you feed a person that's hungry, that helps more than anything else," LaFavor said. "I always hate to see people hungry. I saw children coming up with no food and it really got to my heart."

It's something she started doing about 10 years ago when she realized not everyone makes it to a shelter for food.

Louise says giving back is something she learned on a Jefferson County farm from her grandmother. They didn't have much, but they always managed to give some away.

"She had a heart for people too, to help people. And I stayed around them a lot so that gave me to opportunity to go out with her and do things like this," Dr. Gracie Jackson said. Dr. Gracie Jackson is Louise's daughter. She watched her mother's kitchen ministry flourish.

"Now, on Sundays was a big day at our house. Everybody just dropped in to my mothers house. They knew she's have dinner prepared for more than just her husband and three children," Dr. Gracie Jackson said. "My mother fed blacks, she fed whites, children men, women. It didn't matter. She just fed everybody."

As for LaFavor, none of her recipes are written down. She doesn't even use measuring spoons.

"Didn't do no measuring. I didn't do no measuring but it always came out pretty much right," LaFavor said.

Even though she can't bake like she once did- she's determined to spend one day a week, every week, handing out bags full of food for people who really do appreciate it.

Which begs the question, are you ever really too old to volunteer?

"No. As long as you can get around with a stick, you can make it," LaFavor said.

Eighty eight years old and still growing strong. LaFavor has also been known to meet other needs by raising money to buy hats and coats and scarves for people during the winter months.

News 12 wants to thank to our Time To Care partners for making this award possible: Academy Sports and Outdoors and Subway.

If you'd like to nominate someone for our monthly award, you can find a nomination form on this page.

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