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Making a Difference: Woman receives local Jefferson Award

With friends and family by her side at Penn Highlands Clearfield, it was quite the celebration for Nina Johnson. (WJAC)

CLEARFIELD -- A few months ago, we featured a Clearfield County woman who has been bringing a sense of comfort to hundreds of children and adults by making toys by hand.

Now, she's received a local Jefferson Award for her volunteer work.

With friends and family by her side at Penn Highlands Clearfield, it was quite the celebration for Nina Johnson.

"It's uh, energizing, I think is the proper term," said Nina Johnson, local Jefferson Award winner.

The 89-year-old recently received a local Jefferson Award for her more than 20 years in working with the Comfort Care Project.

The organization provides toys to children who are at the hospital.

Each and every toy was touched by Johnson's hands because she made each and every one of them.

"The toys alone are 22,300-some. I do all the machine embroidery, but I do have help cutting and stuffing,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she has no plans at stopping or even slowing down anytime soon.

In fact, receiving this medal is pushing her to do more.

"And so my goal is next year, I know a doctor who is going to the Dominican Republic. And I’m hoping to send another 250 toys,” Johnson said.

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