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Meet the January Community Hero: A true Good Samaritan at work

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(January 20, 2016) -- There is a silent crisis in Hamilton County: Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Sheridan... and not everyone is talking about it except for Nancy Chance.

Nancy, who has a big heart and an even bigger vision, is the founder and executive director of Good Samaritan Network.  She and her team of almost 600 volunteers work out of 11 warehouses and partner with 268 agencies, 47 pantries and three free clinics to bring hope, joy and sometimes a little holiday magic to countless families by meeting their basic needs.

Nancy says the need is greater than most people realize.

"It’s grown exponentially in the last 9 years with the economy downturn. It’s the middle class... a lot of the middle class are struggling," she said.

The Good Samaritan Network mission statement is demonstrating the unconditional love of Christ by serving the physical, financial and emotional needs of families and individuals in Hamilton County.

"We took care of 797 families in 1980 now we’re up to 4,600 meals out the door," she said, referencing the group's annual Thanksgiving dinner.

In December, Christmas Eve meals go out to families while gifts and cards find their way to children.  Then the rest of the year the group concentrates on things like housing, financials, medical needs, food and clothing.

FOX59 and Community Health Network are proud to honor Nancy Chance as the January Community Hero of the Month! Congratulations Nancy and your team!  Click here for more about Good Samaritan Network.

Nominate a Community Hero of the Month here.