Grissoms Given Lifetime Citizenship Award

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Selected by 8 representatives from Central service organizations, Pete and Anna Marie Grissom were named for the City of Central Lifetime Citizenship Award.  The recipients of this award, given to "persons who have displayed a continuous dedication to the Central Community", were determined by members of  the Central Area Pastors Association, Central Community Alliance, Central Community Assistance Foundation, Cooking in Central, the Kiwanis, the Lions Club, the Masons, and the Rotary Club. 
The Grissoms single-handedly run the Central Food Bank, collecting donations, sorting and storing the food, and packaging it for distribution at the Central Fire Department.  What is truly amazing about this is that the Grissoms have been doing this for 18 years!  Mr. Grissom, a cancer and stroke survivor, and Mrs. Grissom, who is visually impaired, are in their 80's, yet are indefatigable in their passion to serve the needy in our town.  They love to give to their community, and they love working with young people, such as the students at Bellingrath and Tanglewood, who do annual food drives.  They were surprised and pleased to learn they had been elected to this honor, but, as they have proven for 18 years, would be doing what they love with or without any recognition.  Congratulations for their well-deserved recognition to Pete and Anna Marie Grissom.  Thank you for all you've done for those less fortunate in our community.
    The Grissoms and our Citizens of the Year will be honored at a reception at Kristenwood on January 10 at 5:00 PM.


  1. Denise

    December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Congratulations! Excellent choice!

  2. Nancy Blount

    December 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations! Thanks for all your years of service. God Bless You!

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