NOMINEE SUBMITTED BY LASHAWN WILLIAMS (DAUGHTER):
My mother had my sister and I when she was a teenager. She always seemed very mature even though she was young. I can remember my mother working 2 jobs and going to school to earn her Nursing degree.
My mother also did something that I considered phenomenal – she joined the Army and then the Air Force. She has mentored and taken in children when their parents kicked them out of their homes. Today, my mother will walk up to a person who is in need and give them money, food, and clothes. My mother was a School Nurse at one of the toughest High Schools in Washington, DC. She managed to help several students attend their prom by buying dresses and giving them Mac cosmetic makeovers. The students loved her and confided in her just like she was their Mom.
My mother was instrumental in getting the Well Mobile Van to the school to provide health care to the students who otherwise would not have been able to get physicals, immunizations, and contraceptives.
Today my mother continues to serve her country and has marched in 3 inaugural parades during her many years in the military. On this Saturday past (9/28/2013), she and her military unit got up at 6am and washed down the Vietnam Memorial as part of the many volunteer duties that she has performed. My mother also volunteers at Bread for the City and the Shelter at the Mitch Synder Shelter located at 2nd and D Streets, NW.
My mother has always been a caregiver and has given hundreds of free flu shots to under privileged adults and children. She is never too tired to help others and, because of her tireless efforts and commitment to serve, she is my Hero and the reason why I am the well rounded woman I am today.
My mother has earned 3 degrees and is currently working on her Master's degree. She is the epitome of a Supreme Woman and her integrity and generosity toward others make her unique and genuine. And if that wasn't enough, she also has a wicked sense of humor and has a way of making you laugh. She loves to laugh and feels that laughter is one of the keys to a healthier life. She is truly the stereotypical West Indian Lady with her multiple jobs.
Every year, my mother gives out at least 50 turkeys at Thanksgiving to those that otherwise may not be able to afford it. She distributes them through Anacostia High School and she intends to continue this donation again this year. She has done this for the past 7 years. She has also volunteered at the White House during the Easter Eggs Roll and during the Garden Tours in the fall. My mother is a great mother, friend, sister, aunt, and Nurse. I strongly recommend her and highly nominate her for this award. She always gives of herself and never asks for anything in return. She feels that God gives her all of the rewards she needs and He will take care of her.
Thank you for considering my mother, Tarita Basanta, for the Supreme Woman Award!