BY MELANIE BUCK –
Shannon Clifford was honored by the Disable American Veterans Ouachita Chapter #46 (DAV) and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) for her tireless work of helping others with no expectation of receiving any notice from others. Shannon is well-known by many as a waitress at Skyline Café. Smiling and serving others has been her lifestyle for many years, although few fail to see more than just her serving a glass of sweet tea or a plate loaded with fries and a burger. Shannon also serves the elderly, and the needy, and the veterans, and the animals, and wherever God sets her heart.
Whether it be extra blankets and a small heater for someone in need of heat, or just a knock on the door to make sure the occupant is ok, or reminding her Facebook friends to check on their neighbors during bad weather, Shannon has served. On Thursday, February 4, 2016, Shannon was honored by some of those she has touched, the veterans.
Don Martin, member of the DAV had many nice things to say about her, all of which were worthy, and all of which brought tears to her eyes. Martin said, “Our mission is to do good for our community, for veterans in general, and for disabled veterans in particular. There are others in the community that do many good deeds and do not seek attention for it.
Martin used scripture to describe Shannon’s deeds and melded Proverbs 31 into a poem that described a noble woman. “Who can find a woman of noble character? She is worth more than diamonds and gold. She brings people good, not harm, all the days of her life. She gets up while it is still dark and brings nourishment to those who hunger. She works with eager hands bringing food from afar. She sets about her work vigorously. She is diligent at her tasks. She opens her arms to the poor, and extends her hands to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She brings laughter to the lonely. Many women do noble things. But you Shannon Clifford, deserve our praise.”
A plaque was presented to her that reads: Presented to Shannon Clifford in grateful recognition for your quiet kindness and compassion for the disabled and elderly ~ DAV Ouachita Chapter #46
After receiving her plaque to a standing ovation, Shannon tearfully said, “Thank you for what you do for us and have done for us and I can say, anything we give back is not near enough. Thank you.”
LOOK FOR SHANNON TO BE FEATURED AS AN UPCOMING PULSE CITIZEN OF THE WEEK.