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COOS BAY – Sarah Winkler, of Coos Bay, has been named volunteer of the year. She received the award at the OHCA annual convention awards luncheon Sept. 19 in Portland. 

Sarah has been a volunteer at Life Care Center in Coos Bay for two years. 

“I longed to have an impact on people’s lives and use my gifts to help others, so I dove in!” said Winkler.

Winkler visits many residents one on one, helps with group activities and takes photos at the facility’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon. When her son was just a baby, she let residents hold him, which helped them to reminisce about their own babies.

Winkler has visited a resident in the hospital and brought her laptop with her so the resident could watch her favorite TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” She also planned a Christmas candlelight service so residents could experience the holiday tradition, complete with live worship and a sermon.

Life Care Center of Coos Bay is located at 2890 Ocean Blvd. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sandi Ellis at 541-267-5433.

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