One year of Gr8 Acts of Kindness celebrated with Trumann winner

GR8 Acts of Kindness: June Goodin
June Goodin is embraced by her husband, upon hearing the news of her award. (Source: KAIT-TV)
June Goodin is embraced by her husband, upon hearing the news of her award. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Allen Williams, First Community Bank, presents June Goodin with her "over-sized" check for $408. It's a keepsake for each of the winners. (Source: KAIT)
Allen Williams, First Community Bank, presents June Goodin with her "over-sized" check for $408. It's a keepsake for each of the winners. (Source: KAIT)
The crowd gathered outside the Trumann Food Pantry, Inc. to watch June Goodin be interviewed for the Gr8 Acts of Kindness story. (Source: KAIT-TV)
The crowd gathered outside the Trumann Food Pantry, Inc. to watch June Goodin be interviewed for the Gr8 Acts of Kindness story. (Source: KAIT-TV)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - June Goodin, of Trumann, joins a long line of winners in a program that started one year ago.

First Community Bank and KAIT-TV joined forces to recognize individuals who give of themselves to help others. A committee chooses each award winner based on a nomination form found on our website.

Over the course of a year, hundreds of nominations have been made.

June was nominated by her sister, Sherry Jordan.

But, it was her fellow workers at the Trumann Food Pantry, Inc. that made the selection an easy one.

"When she sees someone that needs help, she just rushes over and just puts her hands in and starts working," Jeanne Johnson, the president of the Trumann Food Pantry, said.

Goodin volunteers at the food pantry. She sorts, sacks, and fills the needs of hungry people all over Trumann.

She does all of this despite the fact that she can't hear. Goodin is hearing impaired and relies on reading lips.

"It's just in her nature to help someone," Sherry Jordan, Goodin's sister, said. "June is always doing for somebody. If she thinks that somebody needs something, she doesn't stop until she has found it."

So when Goodin was busy taking out the trash at the Trumann Food Pantry, we decided to pay her a visit. Her friends, family, and First Community Bank members all gathered for the big surprise. As she went out the back door, we came in the front door and then wait.

"I have never seen her quite that surprised," Terri Dunham, manager of the Trumann Food Pantry, Inc. said. "She had no idea! Nobody said anything to her."

"Hi there," Allen Williams, the Community Bank President of First Community Bank said to Goodin. "Thank you for having such a kind, giving heart. That money will leave you, but this right here is a token to keep. You can keep this and remember it."

"I just like helping people," Goodin said. "I worked in factories. Miss Jeanne called and asked me if I wanted to work here at the food pantry. I told her that I can't hear and she said, 'That's ok. You won't have to.' She said 'we'll help you' and I've been here ever since."

In addition to the $408 dollars Goodin won, a private donor has contributed $200 extra for the charity of Goodin's choice. Goodin chose the Trumann Food Pantry, Inc.

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