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Jefferson Award: Carol Morris

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Each month, WKOW recognizes someone who gives back to their community. It's called the Jefferson Award.

Carol Morris dedicates most of her week to kids. It makes her this month's Jefferson Award recipient.

"It's still standing so it must be good," Carol says laughing.

Carol Morris gets a sparkle in her eye when she talks about a house on Madison's southwest side.

"It's nice to know that I built something," said Carol.

In 1998, she helped build the house while working for an organization called Operation Fresh Start.

"I like to build houses because I learned a lot doing it," said Carol.

Building the house changed Carol's life.

"The boys were pushing it (shingles) up to us," said Carol.

Carol was on scaffolding near the roof when she slipped and fell. She landed on her back on the ground below.

Carol is now disabled and unable to work. She got depressed. Then her sister-in-law threw her a lifeline.

"I have to turn these over before they burn," said Carol laughing.

Carol's sister-in-law, Earsie, works in the kitchen at the Boys & Girls Club in Madison and asked Carol to help her.

"She's my inspiration," said Earsie. "She keeps me going every day. I enjoy it."

For 6 years, Carol has volunteered about 40 hours a week at the Boys & Girls Club; helping to prepare and serve about 100 meals a day.

"She's our most dedicated volunteer," said Justin.

Justin Hustad, Club Director, says Carol serves as an inspiration for many.

"Carol represents the community, giving back, perseverance, dedication," said Justin. "Just a warm, friendly attitude. She comes in with a smile and really is just working to give back to the community and help the kids who need us the most."

Nominate someone today for the Jefferson Award.

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