71-year-old honored for volunteer work


71-year-old honored for volunteer work

Pat Sparrow is a volunteer extraordinaire, as a meals program in Kitsap County and Lutheran Community Services Northwest can testify.
Sparrow was honored with the Silver Plate Award by Kitsap Meals on Wheels at the organization’s second annual Silver Plate Award Ceremony June 1 in Bremerton. The breakfast event took place at the Kitsap Conference Center in front of a crowd of about 50 people.
Sparrow, one of three women receiving the award this year, was selected for the service she provides through LCSNW and Catholic Community Services.

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