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July 12, 2016
Marsha Martin, a general project assistant for Northwest Missouri State University’s Regional Professional Development Center, was presented June 27 with the Civilian of the Year Award by the Missouri Peace Officers Association (MPOA).
Martin was selected for the award as a result of her work and contributions through the charity, Ben’s Stockings of Hope. Martin founded the charity with her family in honor of her son, Ben McIntyre, who was killed in a car crash in 2011.
Martin’s family accompanied her to accept the award at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks. MPOA President Michael Wiegan presented the award.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Ben’s Stockings of Hope,” Martin said. “This charity is so much more than me. A lot of people helped Ben out at different points of his life, and I know that he would help others when he could. It only makes sense to continue the cycle and give to others.”
Ben’s Stockings of Hope has assisted with the purchase of back-to-school clothing and shoes. It had adopted 56 families at Christmas, providing food, shoes and clothing in addition to sewing and filling 384 stockings for children and the elderly.
Martin hopes to continue growing the charity and reach more people in need.
“We are open to teaming up with any individual or organization that wants to help others at any time of the year, not just at Christmas,” she said. “Ben loved children and others. We want to pass on his love for life by continuing to help others.”
Rhonda Wiederholt, a probation and parole officer with Missouri Probation and Parole, nominated Martin for the honor.
“Marsha has found a way to do something positive to deal with the loss and grief of her son and has been providing hope and happiness to those in need,” Wiederholt said. “I believe she is very deserving of this award.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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