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Martha King, of Oklahoma City, wins Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award

Martha King, of Oklahoma City, was recognized for her ongoing service to Infant Crisis Services
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: July 17, 2013
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Martha King, 78, proudly shows off the warehouse at Infant Crisis Services.

She points to diapers organized by size, and rows of baby bottles.

Caring for Oklahoma's youngest residents has become a priority in her life.

“I've learned a lot about what it's like to be a little child. Every one of them is a miracle,” she said of the babies who come through the doors where she volunteers every Thursday.

Two years ago, when King was looking for a way to volunteer, she found the nonprofit agency three blocks from her Oklahoma City home.

Since then, the retired teacher, former nun and volunteer advocate has moved her way up from counting diapers to performing “check outs” where she helps clients check out of the center by ensuring the babies have the proper formula and right size diapers.

King then uses the computer database to record the items taken by each client so administrators can report the data to their donors.

“She is so gracious and just wonderful,” said Beth Lykins, the agency's director of volunteer programs.

In February, Lykins nominated King for Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award, which recognizes seniors whose volunteer efforts go above and beyond the norm.

Home Instead Senior Care offers nonmedical home care and elder companionship services to help seniors live independently. Sue Loftis is franchise owner in central Oklahoma.

“We received some really inspiring stories,” Loftis said. “This year, there were 26 nominees from the state of Oklahoma. Martha won by popular vote.”

King won $500 to give to the nonprofit of her choice, which she donated to Infant Crisis Services.

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