From buying items and keeping a shed full of anything someone might need after life’s disasters, to cooking a hot meal to anyone who needs it most, the reasons why Ruth and Frederick Stanley of Dorchester County, Md. won a 2019 Jefferson Award are numerous.
Family friend Magalene Molock said of the loving married couple of 43 years, “You could not have picked a better couple. Ruth and Freddie Stanley are awesome. They are in the community doing for people that they don’t even know about. Ithey know that you have a need, you can see that Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Stanley get the job done.”
“I go to the auctions, yard sales, and when i see a bargain I get it and store it in the shed,” said Ruth. “And when somebody comes around with a need I already have something there for them and it doesn’t cost them a penny.”
The Stanley’s have also been foster parents for decades and done just about whatever was needed for those who live in their community.
“They just open their hearts to everyone,” said their daughter, Tyann Cephas.
Ruth explained why she does what she does.
“I just want someone else’s life to be easier than what mine was,” she said.
About the Jefferson Awards
WBOC is proud to be a local partner of the Jefferson Awards, which are presented to unrecognized citizens on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The 2019 Jefferson Awards are made possible through the support of our local sponsor, Nanticoke Health Services.