The two individuals who last Thursday received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce have a lot in common. Its just that they have taken different paths in reaching a similar goal serving the community and its people.
Saundra Helm and Ed Taylor Jr. are also similar in that they have quietly and modestly done numerous things to benefit other residents of the area.
For example, Helm initiated American Red Cross blood drives at Vandalia Community High School while serving as an Okaw Area Vocational Center teacher, and gave of her time and experience to get the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center off to a successful start.
Taylors contributions include just under three decades of service with the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, and providing countless hours of musical entertainment for various groups and events.
Both have had a significant impact on the lives of many people, and both have done so with little or no fanfare. It has not been money or publicity that have driven them in their volunteer efforts; rather, it has been simply a desire to help others.
We join the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce in recognizing Helm and Taylor for years of service.