2017 Richardson Real Heroes

2017 Richardson
Real Heroes Biographies!

The Richardson Real Heroes program seeks to recognize the “silent generosity” of people who give of themselves to benefit Richardson. The process starts with people like you who nominate a person they perceive as a real hero.” From those nominations, the Richardson Real Heroes board chooses three to five individuals that are honored as this year’s Richardson Real Heroes. Although all of the nominees were “heroes” even before they were nominated, the Board chose seven Real Heroes for recognition in 2017.  These seven Heroes support five organizations.  Two person “teams” were nominated by two of these organizations.


Christie Abbott

Christie Abbott performs a key leadership role at the Richardson East Church of Christ in the CARE Corps Helping Agency, a food pantry and coordinator of services for those in need. Volunteering 12-15 hours a week, she assures the food pantry runs effectively. She is part of a team that picks up food donations and helps prepare it for distribution. She is the primary contact at the front desk when the pantry is open three days a week. Serving about 1,200 families per year with food, financial assistance, and counseling as required, Christie is one of the main faces of the CARE Corps ministry. Having had times in her own life when she felt the same needs as those she serves, she is driven to give back. 

2017 RRHs Christie & Jerry Video

Jerry Moore

Jerry is a long-time Richardson resident and 20-year member of the Richardson East Church of Christ. After retirement, Jerry joined the CARE Corps Helping Agency by volunteering at least 10 hours per week, coordinating activities and making sure there is plenty of food on the shelves in the pantry. As primary contact with the North Texas Food Bank, Jerry places all food orders and reports back on the food distribution to maintain compliance. He also coordinates with area grocery stores who donate food and supplies. Jerry coordinates and schedules eight to 10 pickups from grocery stores each week, often making the pickups himself. He helps lead a team that sorts the food and produce, checking for quality and quantity for distribution. When there is excess, Jerry delivers the perishable goods to other food pantries to avoid waste.

2017 RRHs Christie & Jerry Video

Ruth Ann Aldridge

Ruth Ann Aldridge grew up in a family that encourages and practices the spirit of volunteerism. Besides her varied work at the Network of Community Ministries, she has been a Crime Watch Captain and has served on the Crime Patrol for her neighborhood. In the past five years, Ruth Ann has served Network of Community Ministries as an Emergency Services Coordinator, worked in the food pantry, packed dental kits, answered phones at the receptionist desk, filled food orders and helped with “Toyland Express”. When Network decided to open the Richardson/North Dallas Clothing Center, Ruth Ann agreed to take charge. As her nominator said, Ruth Ann is a silent servant who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our community.

 2017 RRH Ruth Ann Video

Beth Chisum
Beth was raised in Richardson and graduated from Richardson High School. After retirement from Fina Oil as a consultant she sought places to volunteer and found a home at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. In less than two years, she has accumulated 858 hours of volunteer time. Beth is a Day Chair for her morning shift, scheduling her volunteers and keeping up with birthdays, anniversaries, special events and important life moments. Beth is also a “Holiday Elf,” which means she volunteers at the hospital during the holidays when everyone else takes off.

2017 RRH Beth Video 

Diane Hodges
Diane is effectively the office manager at the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. In four years, Diane has volunteered over 850 hours. Diane’s efforts range from data entry, to tracking student attendance and progress to tracking finances and working on special projects. Without her, RALC would be forced to hire an office manager, spending funds that are now used to teach students English. She also helps coordinate citizenship classes at RALC. Her nominator says Diane has a friendly, helpful attitude that radiates to all that work with her.

2017 RRH Diann Video 

Walter & Kay King
Walter and Kay have chaired the semi-annual Friends of the Library book sale for the past 4 1/2 years, raising over $25,000 per year. Weekly they lead a team of volunteers who categorize and box donations delivered to the library. Walter also transports donations from residents requesting pickups. In the month prior to the sales, Walter and Kay recruit, train and supervise over 50 volunteers who work the 3-day sales. Walter and Kay are active in First United Methodist Church of Richardson, and Walter has served on the Richardson YMCA board for many years.

2017 RRH Walter & Kay Video