"The Extra Mile" - January, 2012 - Somi Ro of Fort Wayne

By Linda Jackson

January 11, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 7:20 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- I'm kicking-off an exciting, new monthly feature, and I couldn't be more proud.

"The Extra Mile" honors ordinary people. who do extraordinary things. in Fort Wayne.

Sponsored by HearCare Audiology, Indiana's NewsCenter, Star 88.3 and backed by the city of Fort Wayne, I'll introduce you to people, nominated by viewers or listeners, who will have plaques posted throughout the city in their honor.

Let's begin with local hair and nail salon owner, wife and mother, Somi Ro.

Somi came to Fort Wayne about 20 years ago from South Korea to be with family.

Five years ago, with a longing in her heart to help children, she connected with Samaritan's Purse through Sonrise Church.

She and her team of "elf" clients and co-workers have a yearly goal of 365 Christmas Shoe Boxes for needy children throughout the world.

Somi also assists seniors and the local Burmese community.

But her Christmas Boxes... complete with toiletries, candy, toys, shoes and the Gospel for children... are her passion.

Somi Ro, "The Extra Mile" recipient, says, "I have kids, and I want to show them that they're our future. They'll grow up taking care of other kids. It's our future."

Barb Kinsey, Somi's client, says, "She just does many things that nobody knows about. I guess that's the pleasure of knowing her, and she inspires me. I feel like, you know, I need to do more. I need to get out there."

Lora Litzenberg, Somi's co-worker, says, "How special this is to be able to do something because this is touching a child. This is touching a child's life, and it could change a child's life."

Somi Ro says, "I'm not gonna limit myself because it's not me completing it. It's God who does it. So, I'm gonna just let it go, and do what we can, and then we'll see."

The ladies even recognized, a couple years ago, one of their boxes in a global advertisement!

By the way, a plaque will be placed in Somi's honor this week along Calhoun Street.

Now, we hope to have a long future ahead for "The Extra Mile"... and that's where you come in.

Go to www.incnow.tv... our website... click on features, and fill out a nomination form.

People who go the extra mile should receive a pat on the back.

Each month, Star 88.3 will also feature the winners, on-air.




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