Volunteers honored for lending a helping hand

December 30, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

After Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida in August, almost everyone who saw the images of devastation on television was moved. But many Anne Arundel County residents were moved to act.

More than 20 of those people -- who collected money and supplies for the victims and some who actually traveled to Florida to help with the cleanup -- were honored last night by County Executive Robert R. Neall at the Arundel Center.

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm sort of a Grinch at Christmas," Mr. Neall joked. "But this event even warms my cold heart. . . . You all represent hundreds and perhaps thousands of people who helped out in this disaster."

Among those honored last night were the Rev. Susan Duchesneau and the congregation of Ferndale United Methodist Church, which donated a trailer and delivered it to a family of three in Homestead, Fla.

About a month after the trailer was delivered, equipped with linens, pots and pans, food and toys for the youngster, Ms. Duchesneau said she received a letter from the family, telling her and the congregation how much the family appreciated the gift.

"We got a beautiful eight- ornine-page letter from the mother, saying 'Don't get me wrong, I love my relatives, but I am so glad to have a place of my own,' " Ms. Duchesneau said.

The woman's 2-year-old son, traumatized after losing his home, was especially happy to have a place to call his own.

Also honored last night were: Janet Harding of the Broadneck Jaycees; Debra Colbert, Lt. Gary Simpson and Officer Karen Faulkner of the Annapolis Police Department; Kirk Young of Sinclair Supply Co.; Donald F. Garner of Chaney Enterprises; Capt. Leonard Clark and Firefighter Robert Daywalt of the Annapolis Fire Department; Stephen Rodriguez and Edward Fogerty of the U.S. Naval Station.

Also, Peggy Vick and Melanie Thompson of the Salvation Army; Gordon Mann and Jerry Sparks of the Severna Park Kiwanis; the Housing Management Division of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; the students and staff of Shipley's Choice Elementary School; several Hair Cuttery franchises; Jones Intercable; Joel Hartsell of Lee Street Memorial Baptist Church; Carol Gahres of Annapolis; Jane Wells of Severna Park; the BWI Marriott; Mohan Grover of Shady Side;

and Linda Greenberg of Crownsville.

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