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'Warm-hearted' Airman volunteers at mission

SIN-CHON-DONG, Republic of Korea --  During his mid-tour leave, Tech. Sgt. Shannon Davis visited the Home of the Sacred Heart with his wife Danelle. Here they pose for a picture with the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity and some of the women who stay at the mission. (Courtesy photo)

SIN-CHON-DONG, Republic of Korea -- During his mid-tour leave, Tech. Sgt. Shannon Davis visited the Home of the Sacred Heart with his wife Danelle. Here they pose for a picture with the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity and some of the women who stay at the mission. (Courtesy photo)

GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- An NCO here used his off-duty time to reach out those in need in the local community.

Tech. Sgt. Shannon Davis has spent weekends and holidays volunteering to help care for 15 older women who live at Home of the Sacred Heart because of debilitating illness or condition.

He has put in more than 500 volunteer hours doing everything from general cleaning to serving food at the mission in Sin-Chon-Dong, Gwangsan District.

"Shannon has a warm heart and tried as best as he can to make the old ladies feel loved and not isolated," said Sister Job of the Missionaries of Charity, which runs Home of the Sacred Heart. "He is an exemplary man and good ambassador on behalf of the United States, who built a bridge of good neighbor relations with the local community."

"I just wanted to give them happiness and love," said Sergeant Davis, stationed at Gwangju with Detachment 1/607th Material Maintenance Squadron since December 2006. "Since I started volunteer work at Missionaries of Charity, I have seen the deaths of several old ladies and suffered anguish and pain. But I learned important and invaluable things in life by helping out those in need."

Sergeant Davis will be leaving Korea at the end of November after the completion of a one-year assignment at Gwangju.