Citizens Who Care

  • 2020 Grace Award - Sam Thornton

    Sam Thornton Grace Award Recipient

    This year’s recipient is Sam Thornton.

    The Grace Award is named both for the first recipient, Grace Hiddleson, and for the virtues exemplified by The Three Graces of western mythology that inspired qualities such as Excellence, Service to Another, Charity, Mercy, Love, Gentleness, and Friendship. Each year the award is given to a volunteer who has excelled in compassionate service to the elderly and their caregivers.

    Sam Thorton has volunteered for Citizens Who Care since January of 2018. He came to the organization after researching volunteer opportunities in the area and then deciding that he wanted to spend time supporting older folks who are living with a life-limiting illness.Sam Thorton has volunteered for Citizens Who Care since January of 2018. He came to the organization after researching volunteer opportunities in the area and then deciding that he wanted to spend time supporting older folks who are living with a life-limiting illness.Over the years, Thornton has cared for many patients and has supported up to five different clients at a time. Thornton, however, does not refer to his clients as clients or patients. Instead, he refers to each of them as “friend.”Together, Thornton and his friends have taken infrequent but meaningful small adventures, and they have found ways to connect through song and storytelling. Since Covid-19, the scope of volunteering has changed somewhat and Thornton has risen to the challenge. He regularly delivers bouquets of flowers to both hospice patients and clients of Citizens Who Care.

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