CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - WRCB, Chattanooga Times Free Press, and First Tennessee announced the first local honoree for the 2010 Jefferson Awards on Thursday. The Jefferson Award is one of the nation's most prestigious awards for community service.
A judging panel of local community leaders will select a monthly local honoree. One winner from the monthly winners will represent the area at the national award ceremony in Washington DC.
Our first monthly honoree is a man whose performance would make anyone stand up and clap.
Since 1989 Soddy Daisy UMC has opened its doors to thousands of people in their community looking for a hand up not a hand out.
"We are here not for personal gain or glory; we are trying to make our community a better place to live and raise a family."
These words are by Bobby Radford, one of this year's Jefferson Award honorees. For the last 16 years he has gathered his team of volunteers and each week they give out food boxes to 70 families who have fallen on hard times.
"We touch a lot of lives that are not touched by other programs. We are doing the right thing," he says.
The food is collected throughout Soddy Daisy each day of the week. On Thursdays families pull their cars around to receive the ultimate blessing in life.
And this picture is a lot brighter with Bobby Radford and his army of givers. Just watching them operate would make a Fortune 500 company take notice. It's organization at its best, where the CEO is definitely looking down.
"This means to follow the teaching of the Bible to help others," Radford says.
"A lot of people depend on it, an awful lot of people."
You can read more about Bobby Radford in Friday's newspaper from our partners at the Times Free Press.
To nominate someone as next month's Jefferson Award honoree, click here.