• Kendall “Mib” Miller receives the Joe El-Khouri Volunteer of the Year award from Andrews chamber President Gayle Horton on April 24.
    Kendall “Mib” Miller receives the Joe El-Khouri Volunteer of the Year award from Andrews chamber President Gayle Horton on April 24.

Miller lives to serve others

    When Kendall “Mib” Miller isn’t volunteering at the Andrews Food Bank on Tuesdays and Saturdays, folks can find him reaching out to senior citizens with various needs.
    Miller’s behind the scenes dedication to the town’s elderly was acknowledged on April 24, when he received the Joe El-Khouri Volunteer of the Year award.
    The Andrews Chamber of Commerce recognized Miller for his ongoing contributions to the community, which include taking elderly residents to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and the drugstore. The chamber also honored Miller for buying food for the homeless and helping provide low-income housing to those in need.
    Barbara El-Khouri, who helped make the final decision to award Miller, said she has witnessed the 81-year-old man offer a lending hand to people many others would turn away from.
    She said one day while they were volunteering at the food bank, Miller noticed a homeless woman sitting on a bench outside of the building. He brought the woman food and tried to find her a place to stay.
    “I started saying, ‘Good grief, Mib,’ ” El-Khouri recounted. “ ‘Well, what else do you do?’ He doesn’t like to brag about it, but he’s amazing.”
    El-Khouri said Miller brings energy to the food bank with his jokes and friendly personality. Whenever a new volunteer joins the food bank, he makes a point to ask them with a serious face, “Do you know how to cook possum?”
    Frank Jones, longtime volunteer at the food bank, said Miller is always dependable and never fails to show up early. Besides loading up the carts with food, Miller escorts every elderly visitor back to their vehicle.
    Even though he’s older than many of the people he assists, Miller helps unload the food into their vehicles.
    “When it’s cold and freezing outside, he’s still out with the buggy,” Jones said.
    Since he was 9 years old, Miller said he has kept a passion for serving others. Despite not having a phone at his home, Miller still finds a way to reach out to others. Most of the time he goes door to door, offering to help his neighbors.
    “If I know someone needs something, I go ask them,” Miller said. “I do service for people because that’s what I like to do, is just help somebody that needs it.”

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