Michele MacNeal works as a nurse at Verdugo Hills Hospital, has raised three children and gives what is left of her time to volunteer with humanitarian-based efforts, such as Operation Christmas Child and the Parents Television Council. She attributes her busy lifestyle to her gene pool.
“As my grandmother used to say, ‘We Muncies have a lot of moxies,’” MacNeal said.
Her grandmother’s maiden name was Muncy, and she raised seven kids without a husband during the Great Depression.
“She always knew what had to get done,” said MacNeal.
MacNeal is active with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization. Operation Christmas Child is an adjunct of the organization, which conducts a collection program that allows people to fill empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and other gifts. A week before Thanksgiving, the boxes are delivered to needy children all over the world. In 2001, MacNeal found that there was no collection center on the West Coast, so she opened her garage for participants to drop off their shoe boxes. Her garage has served as a collection center ever since.