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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Judy Whitley)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
Sometimes it may seem that the jobs we do aren't very important.
Then we're reminded that we are often put in places where we can do the work of Angels in our Midst.
I've been here for five years and I'm a cook.
Humble and soft-spoken, Judy Whitley may be the cook, but she serves up a lot more to the residents of Gulf Breeze Courtyard.

Stephen Barona, loves Judy's special attention.  "What I like about her is that she takes care, gives me special attention.  She prepares a tomato soup and two cheese sandwiches, toasted cheese sandwiches in small pieces.  And it's very delicious." 

"She has made special soups for me when I was sick."
Special attention and care is what Judy gives every single resident at this memory care center.  That's something that actually comes easy for her.

"It's not hard because my mother, she's in her 90's and I used to see about her.
I see my mom in them."
"You just have to have a lot of patience. When I come in to work every morning and they're sitting all around and I give them a hug and tell them I love them."

That's not in the cook's job description.  A lot of what Judy does isn't expected of her like keeping an eye out for who doesn't get family visits and listening for their needs.

"I need some lotion, body wash and stuff; and I usually just get it."

"Whatever they need, I usually just buy it for them."
She does all kind of special things like gifts and hugs.  She never passes anyone up.

Judy treats the residents like she wants her own mother to be treated and she follows her mom's advice.

She says, don't forget, think about your mom.  You're going to get old one day.

She's a very caring person.  I think she'd give her heart away if she had to.

I just love giving I guess.  I really love giving.
Angels In Our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

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