People trust and depend on Brenda’s consistent willingness to do what she can to help, whether it be listening, suggesting, or helping. Nominator, Sister Akanke, said, “If we were at an event with 100 family and friends, and it was said, ‘Would everyone that Brenda Dixon-Coby has helped please stand up?’ At least 90% of the room would stand, and it would be of no surprise to anyone.”
Every day her phone rings with someone calling on her to help. Whether it’s helping get groceries or helping an elderly aunt or uncle to the doctor’s office, babysitting, or driving 45 miles to help a friend. Ms. Dixon-Coby doesn’t hesitate to act with kindness and compassion.
While she is quick to help her family and friends, a stranger is just a friend she hasn’t met yet. One exemplary act of kindness and compassion came when she announced she had met a woman and her child at a restaurant who needed somewhere to live. Naturally, she invited them to stay at the family home for no reason but they needed help. This act of kindness became the catalyst for her to find work and secure a home for her and her child. She and her child are part of the family now!
Where most of us see cause for concern, Ms. Dixon-Coby shows concern. When she saw a group of young boys being mischievous on the street, she took the time to stop her car and engage with these youth. “Young men, you are beautiful, and I love you. Have a wonderful day!” she said to them and set off a chain of kindness.
In turn, they told her she was beautiful too. For Ms. Dixon-Coby, they needed to know that they are loved. Her only hope was the exchange would result in a memorable day for them. This is how Brenda Dixon-Coby lives, inspiring those around her to always be more loving, giving, and compassionate.