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Fran Matheny Is This Week's Hometown Hero

Fran Matheny is always finding some way to get involved. Her countless hours of volunteering makes her this week's Hometown Hero.

Posted: Oct 10, 2020 4:30 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:00 AM

Fran Matheny is always finding some way to get involved.

Fran providing help during Hurricane Sandy and the recent wildfires in California.

"If you can help one person, it's all worth it," says Matheny. "There are a lot of things in your own community that you can help with."

The 85-year-old Evansville native raised 6 kids, has 15 grandkids, and 32 great-grandkids.

She has worked several jobs throughout her lifetime, but nowadays, Fran finds a lot of meaning in how she spends her spare time.

"We are very blessed to have Fran on the Red Cross team," says Theo Boots, American Red Cross Executive Director.

Since 2010, Fran has devoted her time volunteering, also serving as a case manager for those in need.

"Fran volunteers on the blood side, she volunteers on our local disaster team, but she also does deploy," says Boots. "She has deployed to numerous national disasters."

16 natural disaster to be exact.

Her assistance needed everywhere from New York, to North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, to Mississisppi.

"Volunteers are a heart of any community and without our volunteers there are so many things that we could not do and when you volunteer, you don't have to do big things, you can do small things," says Matheny.

And throughout her years, she's even saverd numerous lives.

"There are lots of things out there for us," says Matheny. "We all have talents. Some of them are more than we are, but we always have a talent. It's just how we use them."

But aside from all her hours of giving back, Fran is a firm believer in one very special thing that makes her a standout no matter where she goes: Kindness towards others.

"There's little small things that can help somebody else and make somebody else happy," says Matheny.

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