VANDALIA — Kathy Garver, Coordinator of the Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Presidents Club of Vandalia-Butler on Wednesday, Mar. 2.
The presentation took place at Celebrations II banquet center.
“This is one of the nicest tributes thatcan happen to a person and the Food Pantry,” said Garver. “It would not be possible without the support the Pantry gets from the community or the great volunteers who give their time. This is a wonderful and humbling experience.”
Garver was nominated by the Vandalia Lioness Club and received letters of nomination from several churches and individuals.
“One of the most amazing qualities that Kathy portrays is her positive, friendly, and cheerful attitude,” wrote Anne Duffy, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Christopher Parish. “I believe Kathy is a big part in why our pantry runs smoothly and is successful in providing the needy with food.”
“Kathy is an extraordinary woman, co-worker, and friend,” wrote Linda Hart. “She has touched the lives of many in our community through her efforts.”
Garver’s son, Brian, said it was at first “awkward” to write a letter of recommendation for his mother, but it soon became an honor.
“My mom has one of the biggest hears for helping others not for the money, but because that is truly her heart’s desire,” he said.
He noted that he has provided child care at her home for friends and families motivated by her love of children. He also noted the “countless hours” she spends at the Food Pantry to ensure there is food and the needs of the community are met.
“My mom does this because she lives and has a heart to help others,” said Garver. “She doesn’t help to receive recognition, but to ensure people are cared for and loved…The world would be a much better place with more people with a heart for helping others like my mom.”
Kathy Garver noted that the Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry gets no government assistance.
“All of the food is donated, and we are all volunteers,” she said. “This is rare now. There is such need in the community and it is my honor to serve those people and those needs.”
Garver is married to Rick and has two sons, Chad and Brian. She also has four grandchildren. She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and was recently inducted into the Vandalia Lioness Club.
The Presidents Club serves the City of Vandalia and Butler Township. Since 1985 this award is presented annually to an individual (s) who is a citizen of or has association with the Vandalia-Butler community who, in the opinion of the selection committee, best meets one of the following qualifications:
1) The person or persons whose service to the community has benefited the greatest number of people
2) The person or persons whose single act of service has been of the greatest benefit to the community
3) The person or persons whose unselfish sacrifice of time, energy and resources has not been acclaimed or sufficiently recognized.
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