Gold Medal Giver: Patsy Burnes

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 06/22 2014 09:43PM

Updated 06/24 2014 05:41AM

When volunteering, sometimes it's those behind the scenes that make a big difference.

Here at NBC 6 News we like to honor those who dedicate their time as volunteers.

"She makes a big difference," said fellow volunteer Isella Reed. "People should get to know her and what she does."

You usually can find Patsy Burnes cooking up a storm on Wednesdays at Benton United Methodist Church.

"I'm not a speaker, I'm not a teacher but I can cook and I can organize," said Burnes. "So this was just kind of my mission, it was my thing."

Three to four times a month, Burnes volunteers to help feed the whole congregation (sometimes more than 100 people).

"We have different youth and children activities, bible studies, so this way people can come and have dinner, and participate in it all," Burnes said.

She uses her own recipes, and with the help of friends, cooks something filling and nutritious.

"We've cooked a lot of different things," said Burnes. "Tonight we're having Chicken A La King, biscuits, green beans, strawberry shortcake, salad and tea and lemonade."

Together everyone will chop, mix, and make sure it doesn't burn.

Those who help her say there's no one else like her.

"Ms. Burnes is a unique person," said Reed. "She's compassionate, a hard worker, she can put anything together in little or no time. Any of us would go the distance for her."

Which is why this week's Gold Medal Giver is Patsy Burnes.

Patsy has been volunteering at the church now for at least ten years.

She says her favorite part are the women she cooks with and the smiles of those she serves.

If you know of someone who should be nominated as a Gold medal Giver, send their name and where they volunteer to NBC 6's Jade Cunningham at

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