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2019 woman of the year

Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2019 Woman of the Year, Carolyn Collins.

Mrs. Carolyn Collins started working as a custodian in 2011 with Tucker High School in the DeKalb County Schools system. In her role, Mrs. Collins works to keep the building maintained and cleanliness of the building and in order.

Carolyn Collins is a Georgia native born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Lithonia, Georgia. She is a loving wife and the mother of two sons who ages are 38 and 36-years-old and a 26-year-old daughter. Carolyn faced an unexpected tragedy that no mother is prepared for, the death of a child which forever altered her life but this is not where her duties end.

Carolyn Collins enjoys helping others, watching football, decorating and hanging out with family.

A huge proponent of service, Carolyn supports everyone in Tucker High School. Along with taking care of the building, Mrs. Collins also takes care of the students at Tucker high school, specifically Tucker’s homeless student population. She has a special place in her heart for students in her building. Little did Mrs. Collins know what life had in store for her in 2011 when she joined Tucker High School’s custodial team. While working at Tucker High in 2014 on what seemed to be an ordinary morning at Tucker High School changed the lives of hundreds of severely disadvantaged students and Carolyn’s life as well.

A brother and sister came to the door and asked to come in because they were cold, hungry and homeless. Mrs. Collins did what she knew was necessary. Even though students were not allowed in the building until 7:00 AM, Carolyn’s heart moved her to bring the children in and feed them. She found out what the children’s immediate needs and went out and purchased everything and then some on their list. Carolyn knew that there must be other children just like these two and went to her principal with a plea and a plan to create a space within the building to assist the students who found themselves in similar positions.

Mrs. Collins knew that if children have what they need they were less likely to find themselves in predicaments that would lead them to steal or harm others to meet their basic needs. The birth of the Giving Closet at Tucker High School was born out of love and tragedy. It was created to help save lives and to inspire lives. When you go to work and change the lives of children by providing them with everyday necessities plus a whole lot of love, how do you even call that work, to me it is pure joy!”