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Sioux City woman recognized internationally for helping others

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

"Treat others the way you want to be treated" is probably a phrase you've heard before. It's the "golden rule."

And, one Sioux City woman, has been going above and beyond this rule for decades. Her hard work gained her international recognition from the United Nations and Interfaith Peace Building Initiative.

Hong-Cuc Nguyen said she was born to help people.

"For Vietnamese, we have to put people's needs before your needs," Nguyen said.

And, that's exactly what she's done for hundreds of families that have immigrated to our area.

"I have to look for a house for them, then look for a job, and help them get used to the city," Nguyen said.

"People in this community would be lost without information from her," Nomination Committee Member George Sayavong said.

Nguyen said the biggest challenge for many of the people she works with is the language barrier. And, when Peggy La was in high school, Nguyen started a tutoring program that helped her get on the right track.

"Whether it's translating, paperwork, or anything, she's always there for anyone that's needing help," La said.

"She goes above and beyond. A lot of people go from 8 to 4, then they go home. Ms. Hong-Cuc doesn't have a start time and she doesn't have an end time," Sayavong said.

Nguyen is a retired social worker, but continues to work tirelessly for others. This kind of dedication earned Nguyen recognition worldwide. Back in April, she was awarded the "Golden Rule International Award" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The organization honors top achievers who live by the golden rule.

"I was surprised, it's a pleasant surprise," Nguyen said.

But, Nguyen said she was brought up to be humble and never expected any kind of honor.

"It's your responsibility as a human being, you have to serve others, and never expect any return," Nguyen said.

A lesson, we can all learn from.

Nguyen will also be recognized locally within the next couple of months.

Plans are in the works for a sculpture of her to be placed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center.

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