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Karen Louise Dwyer - South Bend, IN

Submitted by Diane Boerstler - South Bend
Always there to lend a helping hand...

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She is that silent angel who gives endlessly to her community without ever asking for anything in return...

Karen Dwyer, the grandmother of our children has been giving with endless dedication to her community for decades--without fanfare, or asking for anything in return--even when she doesn't have the money or energy to share. Somehow--she finds it. She's been a quiet force for ending hunger and poverty, and gently bridging the tense gap between multiple religions (in our community)--always willing to do the dirty work for as long as I can remember. Every day she is bombarded with requests for giving from an ever-flowing stream of international organizations and time and time again we watch her give and give and give. For more than 30 years she has worked tirelessly in the non-profit realm, working her way up from receptionist to management, and turning every community project and fundraiser she touches into gold. Her involvement in countless community organization and her tireless, determined effort to make sure every person on her list is fed (even when she's beat down and weary)--both spiritually, lovingly, and physically--is a testament to how we should all treat our fellow man. Karen is the truest kind of blessing for her family, pitching in to help with her grandkids and her kids whenever she can even when she's in pain, or exhausted from a hard day working in the community. Our family would like to honor Karen Dwyer, or as the kids call her "Grandma & Mowwm" for setting an example we hope they emulate for decades to come. We love you Grandma Karen!

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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