Good Neighbor Awards

Jacksonville Resident Honored for Taking Care of Her Elderly Life-Long Neighbor

Written by Anne Dreshfield

Each month, Nextdoor is honoring the good neighbors who are making a difference in their neighborhoods every day with our Good Neighbor Award.

Each winner is nominated by their neighbors and will receive a gift card from Nextdoor in recognition of the positive impact they have made in their community. To nominate a good neighbor in your community, click here.

Many people consider themselves to be good neighbors – they take their neighbor’s trash down to the curb when they’re away, or keep an eye on pets or children out in the yard. For some people, however, being a good neighbor is something they’ve done their entire lives.

Jacksonville neighbor Joy Smith is one of those people. Joy has spent the last decade taking care of her elderly neighbor, Grace, who is too frail to get out of her house on her own.

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Joy and her husband, John, who nominated her for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Award.

Every week, Joy has driven Grace to the grocery store, helped her shop for food, unloaded groceries in her house, helped take her to hair appointments, and picked up medical prescriptions for her. She’s even picked up Grace’s mail every day and carried it up her long driveway to make sure she received it.

Joy and Grace’s sweet story goes beyond that, though. Joy actually grew up in the house behind Grace, and ended up buying the house next to her so she could stay in the neighborhood, close to her parents. Joy has known Grace for her entire life – her mother used to help Grace when she needed it – and gladly took up the role as her helper as an adult.

Grace, on one of her many trips to the grocery store with Joy.

Grace, on one of her many trips to the grocery store with Joy.

We’re inspired by Joy’s selflessness and the time and care she takes to look out for her neighbor and dear friend. Congratulations, Joy!


  • Thank you for the invite and welcome to the neighborhood. Community networks like this are so important and the invite couldn’t have come at a better time. Someone broke into our car last night on Valdes Dr., doesnt appear to be anything missing but things were obviously moved around and gone through. Glove box and all cubbies left open.

    If anyone has any helpful tips or info to be aware of please share. We will keep an eye out.

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