Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.
Spirit Award Q2/Q3 Adult Winners: Lonnie and DeeAnn McClure
Lonnie and DeeAnn McClure are members of the Springdale Senior Center, and were nominated by the Center's director, Lori Proud. They were chosen by the mayor to be our Springdale Spirit Award adult winners for their generosity.
In 2014, after realizing they would be spending the holidays alone since they celebrated with family earlier in the month, they decided to help others who were also alone on Christmas. Their idea has since become an annual tradition.
"They came to me and said they had an idea," wrote Proud. "They wanted to start a Christmas Community Dinner for anyone [who] was alone on Christmas Day. I explained that I had young children that I was at home with on Christmas. They said they understood and they would handle all the details. That is exactly what they did! They got volunteers to cook, serve, and even entertain the guests. They went to local businesses and got food donated."
Thanks to their thoughtfulness, the holidays are a bit brighter each year for many of our residents.
This Christmas will be the 5th Christmas dinner held at the Senior Center, thanks to the McClures.
"What made me so thankful was how they turned their sadness into helping others," wrote Proud. Proud estimates that more than 1,000 people have been served since the tradition started in 2014.
DeeAnn enjoys throwing these Christmas dinners each year because she enjoys "seeing the people's faces when they come in, and they realize that someone in the community does care about them."
The dinners benefit anyone in the community who needs it, from seniors who don't have family to spend the holidays with, to homeless community members who need a meal. The work the McClures have done has made a positive impact on our community, and we thank them for their selflessness and compassion.
Submit a nomination
If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Springdale-Spirit-Award for more information and to access the application.