This 81-year-old nursing assistant was recognized for perfect attendance during 2020

An 81-year-old woman from North Carolina is being recognized as employee-of-the-month and getting perfect attendance working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Tatiana Yopp or Tania is better known as “grandma” at the Surry Community Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Airy. She believes working and staying busy helps keep her going. Click the video player above to learn more about Yopp’s love for service.”Absolutely, 100%, God gave me good health,” Yopp said.She worked full-time 10-hour shifts and volunteered on weekends, never missing a shift in all of 2020. “When they surprised me with that plaque, it surprised me, it really did, and I want to show them that I do care,” Yopp said as she wiped tears away. “If more people would look around and see others in need… maybe they would wonder and see how they would feel if they were in the same situation,” Yopp said. “Laying in bed is a hard job, but we also have a hard job to do. We have to give of ourselves, and you can not do that if your heart’s not in it.” During a year like no other, Yopp said she must put her own health aside for others.“I have to keep going because if I sit down and close my eyes to what the world needs, and not offer the care and love for them, I would be nothing,” Yopp said.Yopp used to sing to the residents in the hallways and sang part of her favorite tune for sister station WXII:”Each day I do a golden deed by helping those who are in need. My life on earth is but a spend and so I do the best I can.”

An 81-year-old woman from North Carolina is being recognized as employee-of-the-month and getting perfect attendance working as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

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Tatiana Yopp or Tania is better known as “grandma” at the Surry Community Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Airy. She believes working and staying busy helps keep her going.

Click the video player above to learn more about Yopp’s love for service.

“Absolutely, 100%, God gave me good health,” Yopp said.

She worked full-time 10-hour shifts and volunteered on weekends, never missing a shift in all of 2020.

“When they surprised me with that plaque, it surprised me, it really did, and I want to show them that I do care,” Yopp said as she wiped tears away.

“If more people would look around and see others in need… maybe they would wonder and see how they would feel if they were in the same situation,” Yopp said. “Laying in bed is a hard job, but we also have a hard job to do. We have to give of ourselves, and you can not do that if your heart’s not in it.”

During a year like no other, Yopp said she must put her own health aside for others.

“I have to keep going because if I sit down and close my eyes to what the world needs, and not offer the care and love for them, I would be nothing,” Yopp said.

Yopp used to sing to the residents in the hallways and sang part of her favorite tune for sister station WXII:

“Each day I do a golden deed by helping those who are in need. My life on earth is but a spend and so I do the best I can.”