Hometown Hero: Jerry and Barbara Bray

Community Action of Southern Kentucky says the work of Jerry and Barbara bray goes above and beyond.

"Without volunteers like Barbara and Jerry our programs would not operate here, and these are our heroes because they make it work," says Kathy Bunch from Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

Since March 2009 the pair has put more than 4,000 hours of volunteer time into action. They started with Meals on Wheels but soon became RSVP volunteers for children at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary.

Barbara Bray hopes her help can make every child stronger.

"They need help. Every kid needs to feel special and if we can go over there and play with them, a game for 30 or 40 minutes, or take the time to read a book to her or something. I feel like that helps," says Barbara.

Now the duos volunteer work is also reaching overseas. Thousands of coupons are clipped, put into boxes and sent to military families every week. It's a small gesture the Brays hope make a big impact.

"I'm a veteran myself so I know how important it is to let them know that we recognize what we do and it's just a small way to pay their families for the sacrifice they have to do through," says Jerry.

"I figured if a few coupons were good lets get more people involved and we've got five or six churches, several businesses," says Barbara.

For their thousands of hours of volunteer work, improving our community and the lives of families across the globe, we honor Jerry and Barbara Bray as this week's Hometown Hero.

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