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Your Story: Waitress Uses Free Time to Serve Others in Need
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 07, 2014 @ 10:44PM
Created on February 05, 2014 @ 6:26PM
 
Meet Melodie Nichols. Waitress by night, volunteer by day.  For the past 15 years, Nichols has helped the people in her community any way she can.
 
"I was raised to help others, I know what the meaning of love is, and if everyone does a little bit, that's what I was taught, so, as long as I have the time, I'm going to help others because I get way more out of it than I give," said Nichols.
 
Which may be hard to believe considering she cooks about 250 meals a month for her church and the mission., of course that doesn't count the special meals around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"I help with the Adamston Food Pack program where we give 50 children breakfast, lunch and three snack items and a juice or milk every weekend," she said.

Sometimes, she does these projects on her own but she also has the support of coworkers and groups like the Adamston Lions Club. All those supporters admire her generosity.

"She is awesome. She is absolutely outstanding at what she does. She cares, she works hard at it, she does her best to get her donations and it's a great program what she does. Especially for the kids, with the backpack program because they go home, they don't always have food in the house, and that backpack does help feed them," said Lori Dendy, Nichols' co-worker who also helps her in her mission.
 
"Mel is a really perfect person. Really kind, good-hearted and everything. She does a lot for the community, does a lot for the kids, hard worker. Anytime the Lions Club needs anything done, if we need somebody, all we got to do is call Mel. Mel's right there to help us, no matter what we're doing," said Mickie Knight, Adamston Lion's Club President.

She doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"I get a lot of smiles. I get a lot of comfort, knowing that I'm doing God's work," she said.

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