- Associated Press - Sunday, October 16, 2016

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Flo?Boyd of McComb spent the majority of her adult life finding ways to help others, whether it was teaching first aid and swimming, being a driving force at Camp Sunshine or helping underprivileged children and their families at Christmas.

Now, following her death this summer, Boyd’s legacy of compassion continues through the work of Flo’s Angels, led by Boyd’s daughter Brandy Dyess and longtime family friend Janet Stewart.

“Our first project is the Flood of Love,”?Stewart said of an ongoing school supply drive for flood victims in Louisiana.

Donations may be dropped off at J.J. White Memorial Presbyterian Church or at The Flower Nook in McComb.

“We do multiple trips for supplies to send to Louisiana,”?Dyess said.

The organization also welcomes monetary donations for its causes, and all money donated goes directly to help families whose homes were flooded.

“We want people to know where the money’s going,”?Stewart said.

Dyess and Stewart, along with volunteers including Girl Scouts and Junior Auxiliary Crown Club members, look forward to carrying on the work Boyd believed in.

One big project is the annual Christmas party for underprivileged children and their families.

“It started in 1970, and Flo had it here (at J.J. White),”?Stewart said. “It was huge. Each family received a food box, children received Christmas presents and there was entertainment.”

When Boyd’s health declined, however, she scaled down the party and moved it to her home. Now, the event will return to J.J.?White.

“We’re so excited about it,”?Stewart said.

She said Boyd, who was at Aston Court at the time of her death this summer, was able to give her blessing to the continuation of her work for others.

“Before her death we came up with the name Flo’s Angels, so we can do other projects,”?Dyess said. “She had planned to help from her bed at Aston Court.”

“Flo was so delighted that Brandy was going to lead this,”?Stewart added.

“Flo spent her life modeling how to be truly giving of yourself without expecting anything in return,” Stewart said.

She called Boyd the “Pied Piper” of Camp Sunshine, an annual summer retreat at Percy Quin?State Park for special- needs children and adults. For many years, Boyd was known for giving swimming lessons and when she showed up at Camp Sunshine, she was a hit with the campers.

“She just wanted every single person to know how to swim and how to do CPR,”?Stewart said.

Another project that Flo’s Angels will take on is helping parents of critically ill children.

“Sometimes they get lost in the whole thing. They need help, too,”?Stewart said.

And they want to begin a child fingerprinting project for identification and protection of youngsters.

Dyess and Stewart, along with a committee of volunteer helpers, have come up with a T-shirt slogan, a motto that Boyd lived by:?”Live to Better the Lives of Others.”


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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