ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - You wouldn't think someone who still works a full time job would have the energy or the time to do so much "giving back." But she does!
"We still call Ms. Johnnie Ms. Johnnie. She will always be Ms. Johnnie," Shirley Whitaker said about Ms. Johnnie Mae Evans from Zachary. "She's been in our lives for 28 years, not only with my kids but with other kids."
Johnnie Mae mentored Shirley 28 years ago.
"I had a little struggle with you!" Johnny Mae's commented directed at Shirley with a grin.
"But you stuck with me; you stuck with me," Shirley responded.
Ms. Johnnie is a very involved community volunteer. However, it is the positive impact she has on youth, especially the youth at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Zachary, that led Shirley to nominate Johnnie for WAFB's Hand It On.
"I nominated you for Hand It On," Shirley began with her voice quivering to get the words out. "I was brought to meet you by faith. But I love this girl and I want to hand this on."
Shirley handed Johnnie three, crisp $100 bills in front of a cheering audience of about 20.
"Thank y'all," Johnnie Mae began through tears. "I do what's in my heart. I can't do too much talking right now, but I do what's in my heart. Thank y'all and God Bless y'all. And keep making people happy. Cause this has made me happy today."
To nominate someone for Hand It On, send an e-mail to HandItOn@wafb.com. Make sure to include your contact information, especially your phone number.