Sandra Harris, flanked by Department of Senior Services Commissioner Neal Morrison, pose during the ceremony. | Submitted
Sandra Harris, flanked by Department of Senior Services Commissioner Neal Morrison, pose during the ceremony. | Submitted

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Harris inducted into Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Published 12:17pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

An Alexander City woman has been inducted into the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Sandra Harris accepted the honor on Aug.4 at special recognition ceremony held at First Baptist Church in Montgomery. The Alabama Senior HOF was formed in 1983, and its purpose is to “bestow honor and recognition upon living Alabama residents who have made outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the lives of older Americans.”
Harris was nominated for induction by the Alabama Retired State Employees’ Association, of which Harris is an active member.
“Through her efforts Sandra Harris improved the quality of life for countless seniors in the Tallapoosa County Area,” said Liane Kelly, executive director of ARSEA. “Having dedicated her retirement years to serving the needs of senior citizens, it is proper that she is being recognized with this honor.”
Harris worked as the executive director of Tallapoosa County Red Cross for 38 years before her retirement.
“Though my work with the Red Cross, I had the opportunity to serve the community and serve the people,” Harris said. “I have been involved in helping people my entire career, and when I retired, I couldn’t sit back and just not do anything.”
Harris has volunteered for and served on the board for a myriad of organizations. She is a past member of the Tallapoosa, Coosa and Chambers County Community Action Agency, past board member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce., past member of the Alexander City Emergency preparedness and Planning Committee and past board member of Tallapoosa Aid to People – just to name a few.
But Harris’ real passion shines through her work with the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature, where she is currently serving her second term.
“I represent District 81 through the Silver Haired Legislature, and we have the opportunity to advocate for issues that benefit seniors,” Harris said. “Senior citizens have always been my first love. I have seen so many elderly people do without and struggle just to make ends meet. I have seen that a little kindness and little help can go so far in enhancing the quality of life for senior citizens.”
Harris was humbled by the honor but said her work is far from done.
“I love volunteering, and as long as I am able, I hope that is what I will be able to do,” Harris said.