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Pay It Forward honors Bratton

Wesley Bratton received the Pay It Forward Stevens County award for his volunteer work at West Wind Village in Morris. From left, Jenny Mecklenburg of West Wind Village, Joan Spaeth of Pay It Forward, Wesley Bratton, Kim Giese of Pay It Forward, Deb XXXX of Pay it Forward, Tim Esterling of Pay It Forward and DiAnn Mithun of West Wind Village. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 2
Jenny Mecklenburg, activities director at West Wind Village, talks about why Wesley Bratton, right, was nominated for the Pay It Forward Stevens County award. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times.2 / 2

Residents at West Wind Village care center in Morris said they can count on Wesley Bratton.

Bratton is the latest recipient of Pay It Forward Stevens County recipient. A group of business owners and leaders make up the Pay It Forward organization and honor volunteers who contribute to their community. Bratton was nominated by West Wind directorsof activities Jenny Mecklenburg and activies aide DiAnn Mithun.

"Wes has become a friend to many of the residents and they have come to rely on him," Mithun wrote in her nomination letter.

Bratton's mother Edna lives at West Wind. While he regularly visits her, he also visits with other residents.

Bratton plays cards Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Care center resident Mary Anderson agreed that Bratton was a good guy and that she enjoyed playing cards with him.

Even non-card players think highly of Bratton.

"He's great," non-card player Luella Peterson said. "He's just so good with residents."

Bratton helps with bingo on Tuesday nights at the care center. Just as with card nights, he helps serve coffee and snacks.

The staff at West Wind was considering how to honor Bratton when Adina Vantries said she suggested Pay It Forward Stevens County.

Bratton said he was surprised by the award. "It's a good deal," Bratton said. As to why he volunteers at the care center, "I just like doing it," Bratton said.

Nomination forms for Pay It Forward Stevens County are available at participating business including Morris Pizza Ranch, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, Regional Fitness Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations, Sheer Designs, Superior/WestMor, Stevens Community Medical Center and the Stevens County Times.