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Plattsburgh Sister nominated for NYS Woman of Distinction

Blow said recognition a milestone for everyone involved with North Country Mission of Hope

Sister Debbie Blow sits with a local child during one of her many visits to Nicaragua.

Sister Debbie Blow sits with a local child during one of her many visits to Nicaragua. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Blow said the people who have gone to Nicaragua with her have kept what they do real at home and that enthusiasm and experience is what has kept the program strong.

“On one of our first missions we went into one of the hospitals a few days after we promised to come back and paint a wall,” said Blow. “When we got there the hospital director started crying and I asked her why she was crying, she said that a lot of people had come there, made themselves feel better and never came back, but we came back.”

Since the first trip to Nicaragua, Blow said the people who they met in the beginning are finding hope.

“We have more than a dozen people employed with North Country Mission of Hope in Nicaragua,” said Blow.

“But there are still hungry people and people in need of help, but we have a choice, we can either look at a challenge as something we can’t fix or see it as an opportunity to help those we can.”

The New York State Senate Women of Distinction event will be held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany on May 7. The annual award honors outstanding women from across New York State for their professional and volunteer work to enrich the lives of others.

Blow said though she is very honored to receive recognition as a woman of distinction, the recognition is not just for her but everyone involved in the organization.

“This gives me an opportunity to thank everyone in the North Country for all of their help and hard work, they are the heart of the mission and I want to thank you,” said Blow.

More can be learned about the North Country Mission of Hope at www.ncmissionofhope.org.

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