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Woman who has served community 30 years needs some help herself

Published December 12, 2006


JACKSONVILLE - Marilyn McGuire used to travel all over the country helping sick children, the homeless and those in need, but now it looks like she could use a little help herself.

McGuire, 74, is struggling with medical bills, a home in need of extensive repairs and a small income that has put her in a bad situation following her life of service.

"I'm really not pitiful," she told the Florida Times-Union. "I could just use some help."

Her medical bills monopolize her Social Security income and her insurance denies about half the medications doctors prescribe.

Her illness and limited budget have not slowed down her 30 years of community service. She collects items such as toiletries for the homeless, toys for poor children and flowers to put on forgotten graves.

"She's a miracle because she's an extended hand of the Lord," said David Moorefield, a military veteran who was befriended by McGuire as he was growing up. "She's a guiding light for those who are lost and need someone to go by."




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