Chances are you've seen and read lots of stories about giving this month. But, you may never find another man who works harder to serve others than this month's winner in the Gr8 Acts of Kindness.
"He does stuff for the church and others—without being honored," Bruce Duncan, youth pastor of Church of God of Prophesy said. "The shirt off his back and beyond. Ronnie thinks like that."
So, how to surprise Vaughn for his Gr8 Acts of Kindness? Well, it wouldn't be easy! But, with the help of the woman who nominated him for the award, the event was planned.
Carolyn Edwards assembled family and friends of Vaughn's for a birthday party at Church of God of Prophecy on Race Street.
Vaughn didn't know a KAIT news crew, First Community Bank associates, and other community members would be gathered for the big announcement.
"Surprise!" yells the crowd when Vaughn opened the congregation doors.
"He was speechless," Duncan said. "He was surprised when those doors opened."
"He's just a wonderful person," Edwards said. "He can never do enough. Never do enough." Vaughn is shocked even more to see $408 counted and put into his hands.
Being on the receiving end is a little foreign to Vaughn.
"Just two months ago, he heard that someone was in desperate need of a washer," Duncan said. "He literally took the washer out of his house. I guess his Mom had to do his laundry for him for a couple of weeks 'til he replaced it. But, that's just his mindset."
"I keep busy," Vaughn said. "There's always something that needs to be done."
Vaughn gestures around the sanctuary. "If you're down, you can call somebody in the church and say, 'Hey, can you pray for me? I'm having a bad day,' If things aren't going right, we're just like family here," Vaughn said.
A rice mill operator for Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc., Vaughn works 12 hour days; then heads to the church after or before—depending on his schedule.
"He is just a workaholic," Edwards said. "He is always looking for things he can do to better the community. Better our church relationship here and loves young people."
Getting kids to church camp is a central focus for Vaughn. He'll do whatever it takes to get the money to pay for it.
"He goes around and buys things that he knows will sell in a yard sale," Duncan said. "It may need to be repaired or cleaned or whatever. He'll walk the highway and pick up cans. He doesn't save the money. He comes and donates it back to us."
Giving is a piece of cake for Vaughn. He assembles Christmas stockings for kids and seniors in nursing homes.
"There's a lot of times that these people would never get nothing," Vaughn said. "They really do appreciate the little things, you know. Even if it's just an apple, an orange or some candy. Being able to tell that the Lord loves you."
It's a message that resonates through everything Ronnie Vaughn does.
"The Lord always blesses me and he always will," Vaughn said.
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