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O’Fallon volunteer honored

Michelle Smith from the O’Fallon Salvation Army Food Pantry was recognized on Jan. 9 for the difference she makes in the lives of people she serves in the community by the Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon.

The recognition is the first in a series of Community Workers Who Make a Difference Awards that will be given by the club this year.

Michelle Smith is an emergency social services case manager at the O’Fallon Salvation Army Food Pantry. She handles everything related to the Food Pantry, from arranging shipments of food from agencies and stores to managing the acceptance, storage and sorting of the food. Smith also assists with the volunteers that work in the pantry and with the people in the community.

The Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Thursday and Friday and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on  the second Wednesday of every month.

When asked how she got into this field of work, Michelle said, “I chose this field of work because I truly in my heart love working and helping people. I, myself, at one point in my life needed help and it was available and saved me. I wanted to do the same for other people.

“I feel that everyone deserves a second chance and that sometimes people just need a little extra help more than others. I feel that if you get one of your needs met, such as a job or a home, the other will follow if you work for it and have help like I offer. People are unique and sometimes giving a hand can make a world of difference.”

The Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon welcomes new members who want to serve their community. Information about becoming a member is available at ofkiwanis.com or by attending meetings at noon on the first, second and third Thursdays at JJ’s Restaurant, 200 Fort Zumwalt Square in O’Fallon.

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