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Who Is 'Doing the Most Good' in Your Community?

Patch and the Salvation Army are teaming up to recognize the individual who is Doing the Most Good as a volunteer in his or her community. Who would you nominate?

OPEN FOR ONE MORE WEEK: We're leaving the nomination period open for an additional week. Watch for our finalists Oct. 23! Read below for more details.

Do you know a crossing guard who has been walking youngsters across the street for decades? Or a volunteer who has taught reading skills to dozens of adults? Maybe you know someone who has spent hundreds of dollars to provide goods or services to the needy, or a someone who has spent thousands of hours in service to the poor, injured, grieving or sick?

As the holidays approach, Patch and the Salvation Army Midland Division are teaming up to recognize some of the people who are "Doing the Most Good" in the St. Louis area.

With your help, we'll name the person who is "Doing the Most Good" and award him or her with an overnight stay at the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop, a $50 gift card toward a dinner and two tickets to a show at a St. Louis-area venue.

For the next seven days, we're asking you to nominate a friend, neighbor, co-worker or colleague you believe is "Doing the Most Good" in your community. Here's how you can share your nomination:

  • Post a message in the comments below. Describe your nominee. Give us his or her name and why you think he or she is "Doing the Most Good." Remember to tell us where!
  • Click the "Upload Photos and Video" button on this article. Share a photo of nominees doing what they do, or upload a video showing what they do in the community. In the caption, remember to tell us the person's name and which community he or she serves.

On Oct. 22, we'll move to the next round and give readers a chance to see and read more about some of your nominees. At the end of October, we'll profile our finalists and give you the chance to vote on the person you believe is Doing the Most Good.

Patch and the Salvation Army will recognize your winner with their prizes at the Salvation Army's annual Turkey Tweet-Up on Nov. 15.

Patch has always been motivated by helping people find the connections in and around their community, and helping people see how they can contribute. Meanwhile, you may recognize "Doing the Most Good" as a core slogan of the Salvation Army: "It is a promise the organization makes to its contributors, clients, associates, officers and employees. The Salvation Army pledges to do the most good with contributions of money, time and resources."

Now, for the stuff our lawyers want you to know:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, submit nominees like we asked earlier. Later, you'll get a chance to vote.
  • All nominations must be received by noon St. Louis time on Oct. 15.
  • You may nominate as many people as you'd like!
  • One winner will be selected by readers.
  • The prize includes a one-night stay at the Moonrise Hotel, valued at $100; a $50 gift card toward dinner at the restaurant of your choice; and two tickets for a show, approximate $100. Transportation is NOT included in the prize and will be the responsibility of the winner.
  • See the attached PDF for the official rules.
Pamela Coaxum October 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM
I nominate Clarence Goldthree and his other volunteer coaches who have given of their time and resources, above and beyond to the children of East St. Louis. For over 20 years they have sponsored many recreational programs so poor children can lean and anti-violence skills through recreational opportunities. P. Coaxum , Greater East St. Louis Community Fund
Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Yosef October 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I have a wonderful story that illustrates my point. At a local O'Fallon Church, a young man would put a generous sum of money into a blank envelope and place it in the donation plate each Sunday. The only words written on the envelope were taken from scripture itself, "But you, whenever you do good deeds, let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing." In other words, 'This is a proverbial expression, signifying that our good deeds should be done as secretly as possible. " Soon, it came time for this particular church to nominate members to serve on the church board of directors. This generous person's name was floated as a possible candidate. However, the church treasurer looked into the financial books and announced to everyone in the room that this person had never given any money on Sundays when the collection was taken. So the person was passed-over for a post on the church board. Little did they know this person, who did his good deeds in secret had given more each Sunday than any other person in the entire congregation, including the pastor.
Kurt Greenbaum October 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Rabbi, thank you for your comments. I certainly understand the theological point you're making. It was our hope not that people would be blowing their own shofar, but that others might be willing to blow it on their behalf.
Shalom Yisrael November 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
One more vote for Sam Klein for this "Doing the Most Good" competition. Taking care of his business provides him with the opportunity to make a difference despite being a victim of bullying. Stand up against bullies. It would be cool if he won. Voting only goes until 5pm today, so thanks!
Shalom Yisrael November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Good luck to your daughter Heidi's friend ... Glad to do a favor for Liz for such an outstanding young man like Sam Klein.

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