A Yazoo city woman with a giving heart, is in the running for a national award.
At 100 years young, Leola Dillard has lived a full life. A mother of seven, this Yazoo County native is already a legend in the community for her yearly flea markets.
"I had this flea market, it was a real success, cause I had everything out there, people came from everywhere bringing me stuff to give to people. My children come down and get it all out in the yard, the whole yard is covered with stuff we have food and everything free nothing sold everything free," says Leola.
Leola's giving spirit has now made her one of nine finalists for the USA Today Weekend Magazine's make a difference day, all-star award. Her 13 years of flea markets is recognized as one of the nation's top volunteer efforts.
Dillard says, "I wanted to do it to help others, all my life ever since I've been a grown person I wanted to do for others, that inspired me. I wanna leave that legacy with my children to help others."
If Leola wins, she would get $10,000 to donate to the charity of her choice. She never expected the attention her work is getting, or the dozens of awards that cover her walls.
Dillard says, "You feel good when you go to bed, you feel good you helped somebody."
Leola hopes to be an inspiration to others, that it doesn't take a lot, to make a big difference.
Dillard says, "Just remember we're doing for others, that's what I want them to think of me just doing for others because that's my whole story, what I can do to help somebody."
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