10 Most Beautiful 2016
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Jaimie Trussell, 40
Executive Director of Community Campaign, Convoy of Hope
Charity: Convoy of Hope
On May 7th more than 8,000 people filled the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds to participate in the first Convoy of Hope Springfield Community Event. They received free haircuts, dental services, sneakers, groceries and more. Around $1 million worth of goods in total were donated, and Jaimie Trussell was the woman responsible for fundraising the donations that made the whole event possible. Trussell is the Executive Director of Community Campaign, and she could not be more passionate about her job.
“A friend in high school told me to find what you love doing, then find someone willing to pay you to do it,” Trussell says. “In my role at Convoy of Hope, I feel I have done exactly that. I have the privilege of sharing what Convoy of Hope does all around the world from our headquarters in Springfield.”
Trussell’s 417-land roots run deep. After moving to Springfield from Oklahoma when she was 12, Trussell attended Missouri State University, where she eventually earned a master’s degree in communications. She still feels a strong affinity for her alma mater. “I love MSU,” she says. “I’m a bear through and through.”
Trussell is also involved with the downtown Springfield rotary club, where she served as the sergeant in arms in her 2014–2015 membership year. Whether she is working or volunteering her time, Trussell is committed to helping others. “I’m a helper,” she says. “That is in my DNA. I just want to be helpful. That’s when I feel most alive and most energized.”
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