Group develops kindness award

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Debbie Franklin, shown here, was a dedicated volunteer, helping others in her community. She passed away Sept. 3 and FreeHelpCK has instituted a kindness award in her honour.

The memory of Debbie Franklin is being commemorated with a new kindness award from FreeHelpCK.

The award is open to anyone in Chatham-Kent to honour the life of the Tilbury woman who was a tireless volunteer for the non-profit charity.

“She was very kind,” said FreeHelpCK’s Geri Hughson of the volunteer that worked side by side with her over the past five years. “Debbie was a very giving person.”

Just shy of her 70th birthday, Franklin passed away Sept. 3.

According to Hughson, nominations for the kindness award can be submitted by e-mail to freehelpck@gmail.com. Those nominating someone should share how someone, or themselves, have demonstrated acts of kindness in 2023 that have positively impacted the community, making a difference through consistently showing kindness.

Hughson said the winner will receive a $100 gift card and their name will be engraved on a plaque.

Nominee submissions will be reviewed by Franklin’s family, with a finalist to be chosen by FreeHelpCK’s board of directors.

The organization hopes to make the award an annual event in the coming years.

Kindness award entries will be received until Dec. 1.

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