Mary Smith has been a dedicated volunteer at MMI for the last few years.  As a former nurse, she has been invaluable in sorting and packing our equipment that comes in, and has worked to maintain our inventory system.  Mary always has a smile on her face, and a great attitude.  When asked why she has chosen to volunteer at MMI, Mary shared the following story.

“I first learned of the mission of MMI at the 2014 Gala as a guest of Laurel Friesen.  After 44 years as a surgical nurse/manager/director, I was abundantly aware of the massive amount of waste associated not only with the surgical arena, but all aspects of healthcare.  Helping to find a good use for some of this surplus seemed to speak to me as a cause that I could support and contribute my efforts.

With the exception of a few years, I have lived in Fresno since I was 14 years old.  I am divorced and have 2 grown daughters who both live here.  Although I don’t have any biological grandchildren, I have a beautiful granddaughter who is currently working toward a nursing degree.  She also has an adorable daughter who just turned 1.  I am a member of Hope Lutheran Church where I volunteer in a variety of ways, from working in the kitchen to serving on the church Council.  In addition, I recently became a docent at the Meux Home Museum.  In my “spare” time, I like to do home improvement projects, sewing and needle crafts and throw the ball, over & over & over again, for my German Shepherd, Gracie.”