KNOXVILLE (WATE) - On Thanksgiving it's nice to say thank you to all the people
who help those who are less fortunate. The holidays bring out the best in us.
From the bell ringer who raises hope one coin
at a time to the volunteer who spends his
holidays dishing out meals to those who might otherwise go hungry, East Tennesseans have never been shy about
Goldie Hobby is no exception.
Over the years she and her business partner
Janet Williams have pitched in wherever they're needed and they make sure their staff members, including Goldie's daughter, Candis, pitch in too.
witnessed that giving spirit firsthand. Goldie has been cutting my hair for more
than a decade.
"We have a heart to give. We grew up in rural area and know hunger so when Second
Harvest started, Janet and I decided five years ago to put in the barrels
and so the next year our clients started asking, 'When are the barrels coming
back?'," said Goldie.
Working at the Hobby-Williams Salon, it's hard to
miss the Second
Harvest Food Bank barrels or the dozens of other good deeds Goldie is
"She just wants to help everybody. She's always willing to stick a hand out no
matter. If you need her she's always there," said assistant Kristen Rader.
The staff members at the salon have a willingness to help, whether its a
homeless person or someone who shows up at their door hungry. The question is
never if, but how much.
"There's a saying here, 'We'll give you the shirt off our back and if that doesn't
fit we'll give you another from the girls.' Janet and I just want to be part of
the community and give back," Goldie said.
Goldie Hobby is an example of the best of the
spirit of East Tennessee.
Thanksgiving Day, WATE says thank you to her to Janet and the staff and all those
across East Tennessee who are making a difference.
If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at email@example.com.
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