2013 Distinguished Service to Children Award presented to Mrs. Brenda Lambert
Past President Mickey Pope presents the award to Mrs. Lambert
The Distinguished Service to Children Award recognizes contributions and efforts to the Middle Georgia community that are focused on improving the well being, care, general welfare, opportunities and education of children ages 18 and below. Eligible nominees must live in Bibb, Monroe, Jones Crawford, Peach, Houston or Twiggs County. They must be nominated for VOLUNTEER work, not for professional or paid work.
Brenda Lambert, a retired nurse, has endeavored throughout her adult life to enhance the lives of children. As a mother, grandmother, faithful church member and volunteer, she is constantly working to make childrens' lives better.
As a dedicated member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church, she served four years as a youth counsellor and initiated a tutoring program at Hephzibah Children's Home using students from Forest Hills to work with students at Hephzibah, benefiting both groups. She hosts youth events in her home, teaches children's Sunday School and works in the church nursery.
In March 2011 she began a program to feed school children who were without nutritious meals on weekends called the Backpack Ministry. Needy students in this program receive backpacks filled with high-protein foods, fruits, breakfast items, juice, milk and snacks, all of which the student can easily prepare without the assistance of a parent.
By the end of the 2012-2013 school year the Backpack Ministry was serving 660 children in 11 schools. More than 100 volunteers (including the Mercer football team) pack and deliver food to these schools each week. The ministry has grown so large that Forest Hills Church converted a rental house into its headquarters. Brenda continues to coordinate the entire program.
In addition to the Backpack Ministry, Mrs. Lambert serves on the board of United in Pink, an organization that serves children and families affected by breast cancer. A breast cancer survivor herself, she assures these children the opportunity of enjoying the summer camp provided by United in Pink.
A close friend confided that "Brenda has a gift that God has given her to understand the problems that children face, and to find ways to help them."
The Kiwanis Club of Macon is pleased to recognize Mrs. Lambert's service to the children and youth of our community and to recognize her as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service to Children Award.