Pankhurst receives volunteer award

Courtesy photo—Debbie Pankhurst in remodeled Rainbow Room

Special to The News-Courier—

MUNDAY—Debbie Pankhurst of Munday received a Certificate of Appreciation award for volunteering excellence in recognition of her tireless work improving the lives of vulnerable Texans.

She was also featured in the Texas Department Family Protection Services April newsletter, going out to 50,000 stakeholders as well as DFPS staff.

When DFPS community engagement staff were asked to share stories of outstanding volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, Kathleen Rios, the  Region 2 Community Partners Coordinator, nominated the Knox County resident in recognition of her hard work.

Rios indicated the agency appreciates volunteers like Debbie Pankhurst, a six-year member of the Knox County Child Welfare Board, who recently remodeled the Rainbow Room located in Haskell. When Pankhurst heard that the Haskell Child Welfare Board could no longer support the Rainbow Room, she quickly stepped in to help. Pankhurst cleaned, painted, organized and labeled the room, which is now brightly decorated and fully stocked.

Rios added that her great work didn’t stop there. While organizing the Rainbow Room, Pankhurst noticed that the visitation rooms in the Haskell County office also needed updating. Families use the visitation rooms to spend time together. Understanding their importance, Pankhurst redecorated and stocked them with activities for families to enjoy together.

“Debbie is always brimming with good ideas and with plans and solutions for implementing them,” Rios said. “She is that rare combination of someone who can think creatively and pay attention to details.

We are so thankful for Debbie’s commitment to all the children in our area.”

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