The Associated Press
Published Thursday, October 13, 2011
BLUFFTON, S.C. —
An 84-year-old Bluffton woman who founded an agency that helps those in need is receiving one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.The Beaufort Gazette (http://bit.ly/q54uJp) reports that Ida Martin heads to the White House next week to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama.The White House says the award honors those who have performed exemplary service for the country or other people. Martin joins 12 others from across the country who are being honored.Martin began an organization called Bluffton Self Help in her garage in 1987. The nonprofit organization provides food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need. Last year it handled 22,000 requests for help.