Friends of the Library honor Stephens

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The Berryville Friends of the Library recently presented the Carla Youngblood Award to David Stephens of Berryville. Pictured from left to right are Friends vice president LeaAnn Jackson, Stephens, Friends board member Carol Ann Engskov and Carla Youngblood.
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The Berryville Friends of the Library ended the year on a high note with the presentation of the Carla Youngblood Community Spirit Award. The award is given to recognize silent acts of kindness from people who do good deeds for others helping to better our community.

At a recent outdoor gathering, Friends of the Library vice president LeaAnn Jackson presented the award to David Stephens of Berryville. Stephens can frequently be seen at Danny’s Tire & Service, where he volunteers his time to respond to calls to bring gas, jump batteries and other ‘fixes’ to help get people back on the road saying it brings him joy to help others in this small way.

Stephens has also been seen around town dressed as Santa. Not only has he been Santa for several Friends of the Library events in the past, he recently heard of a young girl who wanted to see Santa but was unable because of her illness. Stephens made it his personal endeavor to make this young girl’s wish come true. He has also been instrumental in helping the Friends of the Berryville library promote their upcoming events by visiting with business and individuals and telling them all about the event to help boost attendance and support of the library.

According to Carol Ann Engskov, Friends of the Library board member, “Silent acts of kindness can come in a myriad of ways and David is known as an ‘aw shucks—it’s not anything’ kind of guy and prides himself in going the extra mile for someone and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than David!”

Jackson thanked Stephens for his love for his neighbors and his genuine care for others, which are the characteristics that embody this award. 

Stephens received a certificate and his name will be placed on a perpetual plaque which is proudly displayed in the library. He also received a $50 award, which he chose to be donated to St. Jude’s Hospital.

For more information on joining the Friends of the Library or if you know of someone who exemplifies this award, call 870-423-2323 or stop by the library at 104 Spring St. in Berryville.

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