Biloxian wins state award for volunteer work with mental health patients

Fidel Garza of Biloxi has received the Mississippi Department of Mental Health Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016.

The award was presented Aug. 19 during the 17th annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults at the Natchez Conference Center.

Garza was recognized for the countless hours he volunteers to sit and care for patients and help family members who need a break.

Garza has been volunteering the past four years. He was sponsored by St. Joseph Hospice.