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Three St. Peters residents receive kindness awards

Once each quarter at Board of Aldermen meetings, the city of St. Peters recognizes citizens who have gone “above and beyond” with kindness in the community. Recipients receive a Random Acts of Kindness certificate signed by the mayor. 

The purpose of the program is to recognize acts by people in the community that make St. Peters a great place to live and to motivate citizens of all ages to see good happening in their community.

At the April 22 meeting, Jacob Jones, Jeannie Marie Smith and Landon Hall received the award.

Jacob Jones (second from right) with (from left) Ward 4 Alderman Nick Trupiano; Donna Tobin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service; Jones’ grandmother, Sandra Brown; his parents Bruce and Karen Jones; and Ward 4 Alderman Patrick Barclay (Source: City of St. Peters)

Jones is a junior at St. Dominic High. For three seasons, he has programmed holiday lights at his home to “dance” to holiday music. Outside of the display he has posted a donation box for Saints Joachim and Ann Care Service. To date, Jones has collected over $5,000 in donations as well as several bags of toys and many cans of food.  

Jones said he got his passion for this as a child, when he was often taken to the Celebration of Lights display in O’Fallon. He always said he was going to make his house dance to lights, too.  

Jones was nominated by his grandmother, St. Peters resident Sandra Brown.

Jeannie Smith (second from right) with (from left) Ward 3 Alderman Melissa Reimer; Jeannie’s son, John Gallia; her husband, Chris Smith; and Ward 3 Alderman Terri Violet (Source: City of St. Peters)

Jeannie Marie Smith started creating and donating handmade cards in April 2020, and has since given over 700 cards to various groups to distribute as a way to encourage people to remain positive through the COVID-19 pandemic.

She provided several hundred cards to the staff of The Watermark Senior Living Community to distribute to residents and staff. She also provided birthday cards for the residents of Watermark to send to family and friends, since residents were not able to shop outside of the facility.

Additionally, Smith provided cards to a local grade school for the administrative staff to distribute to teachers and other school staff members to thank them for their extra effort at the start of the school year.

Smith believes that reaching out in this way has helped her stay positive during the pandemic and given her a sense of contributing to the community in a unique way.

She was nominated by her husband, Chris Smith.

Landon Hall (second from right) with (from left) Ward 3 Alderman Melissa Reimer; his mother, Tonya Hall; and Ward 3 Alderman Terri Violet (Source: City of St. Peters)

For the past two years, Landon Hall, age 8, has taken it upon himself to shovel the driveways of two of his neighbors, who are elderly, in addition to his own house. He always is ready to go help them at the first sight of snow and doesn’t accept anything in return.

Hall said he does this to help his neighbors, his community and to keep his neighbors safe.

According to his award nomination form, Hall will go out and shovel with the help of his mom and make sure that it’s safe for his neighbors to get out and about.

He was nominated by his grandparents, who live in Sullivan, Missouri.

His mother, Tanya Hall, said he tells his grandparents on the phone all about his snow shoveling, so they wanted to recognize him for his good deeds.

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