Daily Point of Light # 2628 Mar 2, 2004

Lee-Martin Sloan helped to organize the Helping Hands Club, originally called the Humanitarian Club, in 2000. She has remained an integral part of the club, serving in the capacity of Chairman of the Board of Student Advisors, as she has for three years.

Lee-Martin spends many hours helping plan and carry out projects for the club. She is very generous especially with her personal resources, for example putting together and donating Holiday Hope Chests for two children.

Lee-Martin is always one of the first to sign up to help. She is project-driven and goal-driven; therefore what the club commits to do, Lee-Martin will see the project through to completion in a timely fashion.

The Helping Hands Club under Lee-Martin’s leadership completed the following projects this year:

  • Tim Jones Fund Raiser: Tim is a HHS student that was injured in a car crash in the fall. The club sponsored a penny drive and a bake sale to help the family with expenses. Tim was in Huntsville Hospital then moved to the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago; therefore expenses were extraordinary high.
  • Riverfest Project for the Volunteer Center. Lee-Martin volunteered several hours to this project.
  • Halloween Card Project: Lee-Martin purchased cards for the club to sign and forward to the Hospice nurses for distribution to Hospice patients in Morgan and Lawrence counties.
  • Towel Drive for the Caring Place: The club donated more than 80 pieces including bath towels, hand towels and bath cloths. Lee-Martin and other club members delivered the towels to the Caring Place.
  • Coat Drive for the Caring Place: The club supplied more than 25 coats to the Caring Place. Lee-Martin made flyers and distributed them in her neighborhood. She ask for donation of coats, collected the donations and delivered the coats to school.
  • Angel Tree Participants: The club worked for the Volunteer Center providing workers at the tree. Helping Hands also sponsors one Angel. Lee-Martin did the shopping for our Angel
  • Baby Food Collection: Lee-Martin encouraged club members to donate baby food at the club meeting.
  • Volunteers for the Children’s Miracle Network: Lee-Martin encouraged club members to volunteer to work the phone center. She also set up a sign up sheet to insure the times promised by the club was covered.

In addition to volunteer work, Lee-Martin helps her Mom care for two younger siblings. Also she tutors a junior high school student to earn spending money. Lee-Martin is a superior student. She has a 3.35 GPA and will complete the requirements for an Advanced Diploma in May 2002. Her college plans are not complete at this time but she has visited several campuses and hopes to make a decision soon.