Her friend Jeanne Cushing said she brings hundreds of dollars worth of food and clothing to Shepherd’s Crook food pantry in Ocean City every week. Caudell has never asked for any recognition, donating out of pure compassion for the unfortunate.
“I cannot handle people being hungry,” Caudell said. “There were times when I cried myself to sleep because my kids didn’t have enough to eat.”
Shepherd’s Crook serves about 300 people per week in the summer and 100 a week in the winter. Patricia Mulcahy, a volunteer at the food pantry who nominated Caudell for a Jefferson Award, deeply appreciates Caudell’s demeanor every time she sees her.
“What sets Bonnie apart is her cheerful and loving aspect each time she visits our food pantry with donations,” Mulcahy said.