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Food bank surprises Moody Airman

March 4, 2004

Valdosta - On a typical Thursday afternoon at the Valdosta food bank, you'll find Technical Sergeant Phillip Reynolds filling the shelves with food. "If I don't come here on Thursday, I feel bad, like I haven't done my chores for the day," said Reynolds.

But his afternoons of volunteering will be put on hold for a while. He's deploying to Iraq this weekend. "We're really going to miss him," said Amanda Redman, Volunteer Coordinator.

He thought he was being treated to a farewell lunch Thursday. But Tech. Sgt. Reynolds was in for a surprise.  "We're naming him our 2003-2004 Volunteer of the Year," said Redman.

America's Second Harvest usually gives the award in June. But because of his deployment, this year's award came early. "All these guys are great to work with, that's what makes volunteering so easy," said Reynolds.

Tech. Sgt. Reynolds volunteers here at the food bank at least once a week. He does everything from stocking shelves to washing dishes, and even mops the floors. "He even comes out here on his vacation to volunteer, which most of us can't say," said Redman.

And even though his work will be missed, the food bank will be one Reynold's first stops when he returns home. "There will still be plenty of work to be done," said Reynolds.

posted at 5:40 by ashley.harper@walb.com