Eleanor Clinkscales has always made herself available to help out those in need. No matter how young or old, she has been there in times of need for clothes, food, shelter and even toys for children at Christmas.
She makes sure students have school supplies, and she organizes food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
And it is something she has been doing for over 25 years.
Last year, she was elected to the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Now, Clinkscales is the winner of the Alabama Head Start Association’s Humanitarian of the Year award.
“Due to her concerted efforts to help the children of this county, she was nominated by the St. Clair County Head Start,” executive director of St. Clair Head Start Latoya Orr said. “She basically beat out many other applicants throughout the state. Now, her application will be forwarded to the Region 4 Association for competition at the region level.”
“This is such an honor,” Clinkscales said. “I told them that I hope the region competition was after the first of the year, because I was busy with Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas food baskets and toys for needy kids at Christmas. That comes first. Serving others is more important than any award I might receive.”
Clinkscales later found out the region competition will be held in February 2013. The destination is not known at this time, but Clinkscales will compete against other winners from Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.