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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.
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.
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!