Helping The Least Of Us: 85-Year-Old Ida Martin’s Bluffton Self Help Organization Answered Nearly 22,000 Requests For Aid | Roland Martin Reports

Helping The Least Of Us: 85-Year-Old Ida Martin’s Bluffton Self Help Organization Answered Nearly 22,000 Requests For Aid

We’ve talked a lot about the role of government in taking care of the least of us. It’s a political question, but it’s also a moral question. And for 85-year-old Ida Martin, it is a personal one. And earlier this month, her name was added to the Wall of Honor in her hometown of Bluffton, South Carolina, for starting an organization that last year helped nearly 22,000 people in need.

This is not her first honor. Late last year, she received the President’s Citizens Medal at the White House.

MR. MARTIN:  Welcome back to “Washington Watch.”

We’ve talked a lot today about the role of government in taking care of the least of us.  It’s a political question, but it’s also a moral question.  And for 85-year-old Ida Martin, it is a personal one.  And earlier this month, her name was added to the Wall of Honor in her hometown of Bluffton, South Carolina, for starting an organization that last year helped nearly 22,000 people in need.

Folks, this is not her first honor.  Late last year, she received the President’s Citizens Medal at the White House.

[FOOTAGE OF PRES. OBAMA PRESENTING THE CITIZENS MEDAL TO MS. IDA MARTIN.]

MS. IDA MARTIN:  (Voiceover.)  “And this will be one day I shall never forget.  I really am thrilled and honored just to be receiving this award.”

One day, I followed a young – a family home who did not have anything.  I didn’t believe it ‘til I followed them home, and when I got home, in their refrigerator they only had one bottle of water and five, little girls.  I tried to help them.  I went out, and I purchased groceries for them, and really, it started right from there – from that one family.

PRES. OBAMA:  And I guess once she got started, she couldn’t stop.  So, last year, the organization she founded answered nearly 22,000 requests for aid.

MS. MARTIN:  It’s just a wonderful thing that Bluffton Self Help is doing for the community, and I’m so glad.  And – and when I started, it was a little thing.  Now, the line is around the block.

[BACK IN STUDIO.]

MR. MARTIN:  Eighty-five-year-old Ida Martin reminds us all that each one of us can do something to serve our fellow citizens – but, of course.  She has a great last name, too.