By Alicia Lacy
Killeen Daily Herald
A phenomenal woman, Dora Rojas has a big heart and humble spirit.
Rojas greets everyone with a smile and a hug.
Rojas constantly refuses any recognition and attributes all the credit to others from her family to her associates at work to the many individuals in the community she has touched through her continuous service; however, Rojas attributes her attitude to her son, Ruben Rojas Jr.
Ruben, 21, was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy at the age of 7.
"They told me that he would not live past the age of 8, so that year was the worst year in my life," Rojas said blinking back tears. "That year I learned so much that it's hard to explain. He was the one that taught me. He's going through all this, yet he's still smiling.
"I have a beautiful family. I have a beautiful daughter. I have an angel," she said. "What more can you ask for? I have a job I love. I have an excellent management team that helps me out with anything I need."
Chamber of Commerce President Marty Smith said Rojas does so much (in the community) and will go home and rest with her son.
The community involvement coordinator for the Copperas Cove Wal-Mart, Rojas has the opportunity to touch many in the community, something she does not take lightly.
Through her position at Wal-Mart Rojas has helped with the Association of the U.S. Army, the United Service Organization, the Copperas Cove Salvation Army, the Cove House Emergency Shelter, Relay for Life, the Arthritis Foundation, the League of United Latin American Citizens Council, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Womanless Fashion Show, Rabbit Fest, area schools, Fort Hood Welcome Home ceremonies and other community organizations and events.
In addition, Rojas is currently serving as the secretary for the Central Texas-Fort Hood chapter of AUSA, and will be a new member of the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors.
"Being an ambassador and taking advantage with my position at Wal-Mart I can give back more," Rojas said.
"I have tried to help all non-profit organizations in the area, whether it's monetary or through community service," she added.