COLUMBUS, Ga.- On Thanksgiving, Jean Royer will not be in front of the TV watching a Thanksgiving Parade. Instead, she can be found at the Valley Rescue Mission serving food to those in need.
She says she has been doing it for thirty years. “We had three invitations to go with friends for Thanksgiving dinner and we couldn’t decide who to go with,” Royer said. “I heard on the radio that they still needed some volunteers down here. So, I told my husband, we can settle this if we go down to Valley Rescue and serve.”
Her husband passed away 14 years ago, but Royer still continues to serve and says she feels more blessed serving than those on the receiving end.
Royer’s position is at the head of the serving line. She is full of smiles, but is very serious when it comes to serving the food. While we were with Royer, a volunteer was speaking to another volunteer and pointed at Royer saying, “She’s always here.”
Once she is done serving, she goes to her son’s house to spend the day with her family, but says that serving others is a good feeling.
We asked her if she’ll be back next year. Her response was, “If I’m alive I will. After 30 years. I can’t tell my age on that TV. I just had a birthday.”