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DeMike presented Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award

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Weeping Water Modern Woodmen of America representatives Diane Wade presents Cora DeMike this year’s Hometown Hero Award for the many volunteer organizations Cora coordinates.

Every community has its unsung heroes, which is why Modern Woodmen of America presents a Hometown Hero Award to someone in a community that dedicates himself or herself to serving others.

This year, Modern Woodmen recognized Cora DeMike of Weeping Water for her accomplishments in town to help others with the Hometown Hero Award.

Cora and her family have lived in Weeping Water for eight years. She is married to Adam DeMike, Faith Missionary Church pastor, and serves as his “right-hand” woman. The couple has two children, 11-year-old Brennan and eight-year-old Adalee.

Cora recently earned her college degree in teaching and started as a new kindergarten teacher at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School in Elmwood.

Cora has always been very active in the Weeping Water community. “She loves helping others. She is a community activist, a volunteer, a mentor and friend to many,” reads the nomination form submitted about her.

At the Faith Missionary Church, Cora coordinates the Fully Rely on God (FROG) program for children. “The program offers spiritual lessons, snacks, games and songs,” the nomination reads. “Children from the community are welcomed and loved for an hour each Wednesday night. They have an average of 55 students weekly.”

In the summer, Cora co-directs the community Vacation Bible School program. “This brings together more than 100 community children for spiritual instruction through music, stories, snacks, games and experiments. She helps with the planning and execution of this event,” the nomination reads.

In addition, Cora is also involved in Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS). “She is the coordinator and mentor of this once-a-month event that is an internationally-recognized organization to encourage young mothers through spiritual instruction, practical lessons, food, fun and mom time. She has faithfully served in this role for more than seven years,” the nomination states.

Cora also co-directs Tabitha’s Thread. “This ministry provides basic necessities to children and young families in Cass County and beyond,” the nomination said.

The program provides basic needs three times a year to more than 100 children.

“There is the Back-to-School program, which provides a backpack and school supplies,” the nomination states. “The Summer Program provides a bag filled with a swimsuit, towel, pool punch pass, flip flops, sunscreen and a summer outfit.”

The third Tabitha’s Thread program is called [stet] The Great Wrap UP and occurs at Christmas. Children receive items such as jeans, a T-shirt, a fleece pullover, a blanket, underwear, socks, toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste, a candy cane and a small toy.

Cora also helps coordinate the mobile food pantry monthly at Tabitha’s Thread. “The program is sponsored through the Food Bank for the Heartland, based in Omaha. Beyond that the ministry is always open for those in need and serves countless families on a weekly basis,” the nomination states.

According to her nominator, “Cora has an open door policy with her heart and her life. Her days are filled with loving others around her with her amazing gifts of empathy, generosity, discernment and compassion for others…Weeping Water is a better place because of Cora.”

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