Imogene Johns leads monthly mission that makes 1,120 sandwiches

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Making sandwiches seems like a simple thing, right? Well, it's actually something thousands of people have come to rely on. That's why one woman is so dedicated to the task.

Twice a month for the last 25 years, Imogene Johns and volunteers have made bologna sandwiches. It's a ministry that means a lot to her.

Bread, bologna, mayo and mustard make up the sandwiches. This operation is simple, but by no means small scale.

"We make 560 sandwiches every two weeks," explains Johns.

That has added up over the years.

"We've made 336,000 over the past 25 years," says Johns.

That's a lot of sandwiches made with a lot of passion and practice.

"I thoroughly enjoy doing it," says Johns. "I can do this just about blind folded."

However, on this day, 82-year-old Imogene Johns is a little off her game.

"I can't keep up today," jokes Johns. "What's happened to me?"

How about a news crew showing up out of nowhere with $319. I'd say that's a good reason.

"Well, it's a surprise," laughs Johns.

The finished sandwiches are loaded into large bins, then the back of a van. Volunteers drive it from Grace United Methodist Church to the Salvation Army office in Huntsville. In the past, Johns would make the deliveries.

"I've gone to the Salvation Army at times and they would say, 'We didn't know what we were going to serve today,'" recalls Johns.

So, she knows it's a worthwhile project and she doesn't plan to stop participating anytime soon.

When asked how long she would keep going, Johns responded, "As long as I'm alive."

Johns assured us the money would be used to to buy food for future sandwiches. This mission is done is memory of Joel Curry, who volunteered as a child in the late 80s and passed away seven years ago. Joel's mother, Barbara Curry, credits the longevity of the mission to Imogene Johns' leadership and nominated her to receive $319.

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