Spotlight on volunteer extraordinaire Walter Mae Jackson

| August 8, 2013
Walter Mae Jackson (Photo: Jeanie Summerville)

Walter Mae Jackson (Photo: Jeanie Summerville)

UP CLOSE WITH JEANIE by Jeanie Summerville

Whatz up, babies?

In this thing called life, it’s so refreshing and meaningful, to spend some quality time with all of you as we travel on our journey of love to get to know one another better because like I said, it feels so go-o-o-o-od. And, in loving all of you the way I do, I wouldn’t want it any other way. On that note, we bring to you this week’s spotlight and it pleases me to do so because it takes a special kind of person, with a special kind of heart, that’s filled with love and compassion to volunteer something that’s so important in this thing called life and it’s name is, Time. So now, here is this week’s spotlight and this is what she has to say:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Walter Mae Jackson and I was raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., since the age of two and I’ve always loved being a volunteer. Currently, I volunteer my time to help Metro Youth Sports Cheerleaders and I do whatever needs to be done because I enjoy boosting the moral of the girls up. But, this is not the first time I have volunteered for Metro. Back in the day, I was an assistant football coach for the Raiders and my children grew up in Metro. Then when my oldest son was eight years old, I had to stop in 1986 or ‘87 when we left and moved to Michigan. Then we moved back here and my daughter, Sunny Jackson, got affiliated with Metro and became the commissioner of Metro Youth Cheerleaders and I just went back into it for her, my grandchildren and the girls because I love working with children and I like for the girls to look their best. 

“Also, I really enjoy helping to decorate their posters, hair ribbons and etc., for their jamborees and I enjoy it so much that I’m going to share a story:

“Two years ago we had 300 girls for the jamboree that consisted of the Varsity, Jr. Varsity and Peewee teams and they all needed pink bows for their hair. My daughter and I made all of those hair bows for the girls and we had sore fingers and everything but it was a pure delight to see the girls put their bows in their hair and go out on the field. Anybody else would have shook their heads and said ‘no, no, no’ but I felt they needed some kind of recognition to look nice on the field and we did it and it was beautiful and rewarding. I felt so wonderful knowing that I had something to do with it. 

“And, the girls makes me feel so special and appreciated when they come to me and say, ‘How are you doing Ms. Jackson?’ I love that and that’s rewarding in itself because they know that I care about them since I give them my time and love and I also know that they care about me. I’m here for them and whatever my daughter need me to do to help the girls, I gladly do it and I have them forgot about the things that’s on the outside and focus on what’s in the inside and everything is wonderful. 

“Secondly, I volunteered at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission last year with my sister for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter as greeters and that was wonderful too. It felt wonderful to me to greet everyone that came there before they have their good, hot meal so that I could say, good morning or good afternoon with a smile. Because I know that these people, from all walks of life, were down on their luck and I wanted to make them feel better. When the time came for them to leave, it was so rewarding because they’d say, thank you to me and they gave me hugs. That made me feel so good because I know it was coming from their hearts. I also met a lot of different people from the staff and they’re very friendly people and everything ran very smoothly so I’m definitely looking forward to doing it again. 

“Thirdly, I volunteered at Frost Illustrated Picnic this year and I liked it a lot!!! The way that happened was, I saw that Frost needed volunteers to help with the picnic on the back page of the newspaper, so I called. I also got my granddaughter and sister to join me and I had so much fun that I’m looking forward to doing that again too because it was so rewarding. I saw so many people there, that I hadn’t seen in years and the enjoyment of looking at their faces in the crowd and saying I know him, I know her was fun then we’d talk. 

“The reason, I do what I do, is because I think that everyone should be able to do something and give back a little bit, if not for maybe 30 minutes, to make someone else feel good because I know it makes me feel good. And when I come home, I reflect back on what I did and the smiles and the looks on their faces, I’m satisfied. Because to me, I think that GOD put us here to help others and not be selfish but to be happy and put a smile on our face and somebody else’s face. Because when we leave here you can’t do nothing, so enjoy life and give back while you have the chance. Sometimes I was wonder, would GOD want us to volunteer some of our time if we were in Heaven with HIM just to put a smile on their face? The beauty within this journey of life makes me feel good to know that I’m doing something wonderful with my time to help someone else.” 

Now in closing I say, thank you Ms. Walter Mae Jackson for volunteering your time in the name of love. I also want you to know that, as a mother and grandmother you are very fortunate because you have had and still have the opportunity to share love, joy and beauty with your children, grandchildren and other’s children because they accept you as you are and that has to be a beautiful feeling. Because a lot of mothers or grandmothers didn’t have, don’t have or may never have that opportunity, for whatever reason, but it pleases me that you do.

And, as far as, the Rescue Mission, I thank you for volunteering your time there too, in the name of love. Because, believe it or not, when a lot of people see others are down on their luck, they love to kick them to make themselves feel better but you, you did good and I’m so proud of you and I know within my heart that GOD and Jesus are proud of you too. So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.

P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to I’d love to hear from ya.


This article originally appeared in the July 31 print edition.

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