CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kimberly Tingle is a bit of road warrior. “There are days I easily put a hundred miles on my car,” Tingle says.
She runs errands for Montagnard refugees. “She helped my family, my brother's family, bring them to the doctor, apply for food stamps, Medicaid when they first came here,” says Ryan Ksor, who came to the United States in 2002.
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The Montagnards are indigenous to Vietnam. During the war, they sided with the Americans, but since then, they've been persecuted.
“They're still being put into prison if the Vietnamese disagree with anything that they do,” Tingle says.
Hundreds of them have become refugees in Charlotte. One of the first people to greet them is Tingle.
Most of the refugees don't speak English, so she helps them fill out paperwork, enroll in school and she's even held the hands of mothers who are delivering children.
“It's just been a blessing to be in the delivery room and watch a baby be born,” Tingle says.
Tingle is a retired teacher who does this on her own dime. “They will be friends with me as long as I'm here and as long as they want to,” Tingle says.
It’s a friend group that will only grow as this Everyday Hero spends her retirement focused on these new Americans.
“If you've got the ability, and you've got a little bit of time, it's about giving, and it's important to me,” Tingle says.
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