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Deb Vaughn - Springville, IA

Submitted by Sydney Vaughn - Springville, IA
Mom and I at my Volleyball Senior Night over 3 years ago

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Deb Vaughn is an amazing woman with a heart for helping others!

Deb Vaughn is my best friend and devoted mother. For me, she epitomizes the reason we should celebrate International Women’s Day. When I think of things my mom has done to better our household and our community, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for her. In addition to working full time (sometimes two jobs) and being a full-time mom to her kids (who weren't always the easiest), my mom also served on the city council for six years and on the school board for four years. In both of those positions, my mom helped to make positive change in our community and in our school. Though her membership on the council is over and all of her children are graduated, she is still heavily involved in both. This speaks multitudes of her character. She has lived her life with a passion for service to others.

In short, my mom is the best. She has supported me in every decision that I have ever had to make and is always willing to offer up supportive advice and some serious constructive criticism. In high school she pushed me to be my very best and I strived to be the best for her. Because of all the strength she gave me, I got a full scholarship into a wonderful college 600 miles from home, and when most parents would have clung to their kids and begged them to stay close, she nudged (or pushed depending on who you ask) me out the door in full support of my dreams to enact positive change in the world. She encouraged me to apply for the Oxfam CHANGE Initiative and has been an active role in my quest to fight hunger, poverty, and injustice. Without her, I would have never dreamed ending hunger was possible and because of her support and guidance, I fight that fight every day. Even from far away, she answers my calls,texts, and Facebook messages at any time of the day or night. There is nothing common about her; she is straight up extraordinary!

From the outside, my mother is a hard worker, a loyal American citizen, and a powerful woman. She knows what she wants and she isn't afraid stand her ground, even if it means she is standing alone. The beauty of it all is that because of her service to humanity, she has made allies and molded her children into civil servants. She will never stand alone, and neither will I. For these reasons and so many others, I celebrate one of the most gracious and selfless women I know.

I love you, Mom. Happy International Women's Day!

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.


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