A special volunteer has sparked another way to give at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.

A special volunteer has sparked another way to give at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.

Megan McCoy, 17, and a senior this year at the Carthage High School, has volunteered at the hospital since she was in the fifth grade. Choosing her essay from other nominations, the Soroptimist International of Carthage presented the young lady with the annual Violet Richardson Award ($250); which Megan used to purchase DVDs and robes for the hospital. The young volunteer says she hopes this effort is the beginning of many other contributions to the DVD collection at the hospital for children patients.

“I’m excited to get the community involved,” she said. “DVDs resemble comfort. They can get their mind off of how they’re feeling, wondering why they’re sick or when the next dose of medicine is coming, it’s just a good way for them to feel more like they’re home.”

Megan also used the money to give six robes to women patients. The Soroptimist International of Carthage, which was chartered on May 22, 1948, recognizes individuals in the community between the ages of 14-17 who show outstanding volunteerism every year. The ladies agreed they made a good choice.

“She’s such a responsible kid,” said Soroptimist president Susan Wendleton. “She is very dedicated, and after talking to people – it seems like she’s one of the best recipients we’ve ever had.”

Megan plans to continue her volunteerism with the hospital, on top of a part-time job at Goodies and family baby-sitter. After high school, she plans on attending Missouri Southern State University and pursuing a degree in education because she “can’t get enough of the kids.”

“Working with Megan has been tremendous these past few years,” said Pam Barlet, community relations and program development with the hospital. “She has set such an example, to not only people her age, but to all of us here at the hospital.”
Pam gave Megan a hug.

“I’m so proud to have a hospital like you,” Megan said.

Megan volunteers at the front desk – the same task she has enjoyed since the fifth grade.

“I show people to rooms, and inform families on how patients are doing – I like doing that,” she said with a laugh, “makes me feel important.”