It was a night of champions at the first Newschannel 6 Community Service Champion Banquet. 12 deserving honorees, who are unique in their own right, were treated to dinner and a recognition ceremony.
Spa Bella owner and guest speaker Dawn Thompson who started the Adopt A Box program in Wichita Falls shared her inspirational story of starting with an idea that turned into a huge charitable project.
"Anything that you do to help someone, to empower someone, that's what we are here for. God just askS us to do what we can. To lift a hand up to someone. So, no matter what scale you might be on at the time, if you're helping someone, I think it's awesome," said Dawn Thompson.
A Newschannel 6 committee poured over our 12 nominees and picked a champion. It was not an easy choice and there was much debate to make that decision. But, the Harvest Ministries Food Pantry in Holliday was our first Overall Community Service Champion.
"It's just amazing how word gets out, and how many lives something like this can have a great many effect on," said Pastor Mike Wells with the Harvest Ministries Food Pantry. " I pray that it happens to other communities, and other churches get on board and that they can do something in their own county in their own communities and find out that working together is the best way to go."
"You get to know them, and they're all just so passionate about whatever it is that they are doing and the people's lives that they're touching and you hear from those people and that makes it even harder and that makes it an extremely tough decision," said Newschannel 6 Anchor and Community Service Champion Reporter Lindsay Forst.
Harvest officials were overwhelmed at the announcement. They were given a certificate and Newschannel 6 General Manager Mike Taylor presented a monetary donation to the Harvest Food Pantry on behalf of Newschannel 6.