In the spirit of giving back to the community, a Middlesboro woman was recently given a Youth Development award for her volunteering and work with National Guard families in the area.
Jennifer Lambert spearheaded a Military Appreciation Day in the spring of 2012 for children who are part of a military family. Area organizations give donations and volunteer to be a part of this now annual event.
“A lot of the things I do I feel go unnoticed, but I didn’t realize that so many people where appreciative of what I was doing. It felt good to know that I have been making an impact on these families and helping out the kids,” said Lambert.
She found out that she was receiving an award in June. There was also a chance that she could go to Frankfort, Kentucky or Texas to receive the award, but instead it was given to her on Saturday at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory.
“It felt good to have someone call and say that I won this award out of everyone around because it’s a big honor and it makes me want to keep doing what I do,” said Lambert.
The event coincided with Family Day which consisted of a dinner and awards ceremony where Lambert was given her award by Major Combs and Kentucky Family Readiness Group Coordinator Donna Bailey.
“Everyone has congratulated me and it was nice to be given the award in front of our soldiers here at home. We’re a big family and I’m glad they were here for that,” said Lambert.
Lambert is a stay-at-home mother of 4 children who also sells Pampered Chef, gives gymnastics classes, is a member of the area Parent Teacher Organization and volunteers with youth football. Her husband, Staff Sgt. Charles Lambert is a member of the National Guard.
“I’m definitely not going to quit what I’m doing because we’ve got a unique opportunity here with the Military Kids Appreciation Day. It makes a difference for the kids and it lets them just be kids, plus it’s a good opportunity for them to be together,” said Lambert.
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