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Acadiana's Local Hero for June 2018 - Robin McMillan
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Hero Name: Robin McMillan

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Why this finalist was deserving of Acadian's Local Hero.  
When Robin’s mother, Rosa McMillan, passed away in 2004 of cancer, Robin wanted to find a way to honor her memory. She was a single mom, her husband died while she was pregnant with Robin; working as a registered nurse and raising Robin and her 4 older brothers. Christmas was always such a special time for Rosa and she did whatever she could to always make it special for her children. After her death, Robin was left with a huge void in her life, never having children herself she needed a way to keep her mom’s love of children and giving alive. With much thought and consideration she was advised to contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana and in 2005 she formed a non-profit organization called Rosa’s Angels. That first year Robin adopted 100 kids whose families could not afford to provide Christmas for their children. Robin then set out to play “Secret Santa” to these children….using much of her own funds and recruiting some from her friends and bar patrons (McMillan’s Pub) she was able to deliver new, wrapped presents to the Boys & Girls Club’s Christmas party that year. Since its inception Rosa’s Angels has grown year after year…..last year alone we provided Christmas to somewhere in the neighborhood of 320 children and hoping to hit 400 this year. The program has grown to include providing each child with a complete set of clothing….pants, shirt and shoes, in their size….along with at least 3 of the top items on their wish list, which is provided to us from the administrators with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana and this year Vermillion Parish is to be included also. With all of this being said I feel that Robin’s organization would be so deserving of being chosen as an Acadiana Hero recipient….she is always looking for ways to “pay it forward” and is also involved in many other community charitable events. She is a member of the Lafayette Rotary Club and is very involved in the Blue Monday Mission organization, which helps raise money for aging musicians in our community just to name a few. The funds she would receive from your program would go far in helping to provide a Merry Christmas to several needy children. She starts shopping the week after Christmas for the next year with several stores on board she gets call year round and picks up bargains at close-out sales and special deals given only to her to help her cause, but every penny counts and is hard to come by, so please consider Robin McMillan and Rosa’s Angels for your award…..as she is an angel in the flesh herself!!

How Robin's efforts have made a difference in the community for the better.  
Robin’s efforts have impacted many children’s lives in making them BELIEVE. Believe in the true meaning of Christmas, she has impacted my life in ways that have changed me forever. She has shown me how to be selfless and giving of my time and energy to such a worthy cause. When you look at a 6 year old little girl’s list and she only wants a coat, it does something to your heart that can’t be described in mere words. If more people in this world could be more like Robin, I just wonder what the complete impact would be.

How becoming Acadiana's Local Hero will further Robin's cause.  
Hopefully being recognized as an Acadiana Hero will help Rosa's Angels have an increase in public donations. The added publicity would help get the word out to people who don't know about Robin and her Secret Santa mission.

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