Police Station Grandma

LaVonne Woodlock is a wonderful example of finding creative ways to give service to the community. For one thing, LaVonne has become the official "Grandma" at her local police station. When a parent is arrested or brought in for whatever reason, officers are not allowed to leave children behind unattended. So they bring them along to the station where the children have to wait until care is arranged or their parent is released. That's where LaVonne steps in. "I babysit the little ones brought to the station." she says. "It gets very upsetting for them sometimes." One can imagine the comfort she provides with loving hugs and reassuring words that grandmas give so well.

She volunteers in other ways at the station, too, filing reports and doing other odd desk jobs. LaVonne has also been a Neighborhood Watch block captain since the early 1980s. In 1988, she was named Block Captain of the Year.

LaVonne served as an occupational therapist in the Hospital Corps for the Navy in 1944-46. She finds use for these skills volunteering for a local artist guild where she helps handicapped artists. "I mix paint for them and get brushes for them. They know exactly what kind of paint they want. My occupational therapy work in the Navy helps me in working with the handicapped artists. I love to paint, too, but strictly as an amateur."

We salute LaVonne Woodlock of Lakewood, California. She is an everyday hero who has discovered unique ways of sending caring ripples into the lives of others.

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