RecognizeGood Photo: Jack & Janelle Hadsell

Legends For Life: Jack & Janelle Hadsell

Let me tell you about two remarkable people…

Back in 2010, Recognize Good awarded two extraordinary people, Jack and Janelle Hadsell. Jack Hadsell, 85, has been volunteering since he retired from teaching 30 years ago. He started out throwing small parties at various rest homes where he served drinks and cookies and led the members in singing old songs. He did that for many years until one day he started helping a man pick up day-old bread from Randall’s and deliver it to various food banks and soup kitchens. The man he was helping became sick, so he turned it over to Jack.

Since then, Jack has been making daily deliveries for more than15 years. The pick-ups and deliveries are no small errand. Jack was getting up at 5a.m. six days a week to make his rounds until he found out he had lymphoma. The doctors told him to give up the “job”, but he could only stay away for a few weeks. Though his daughters persuaded him to start at 7a.m., Jack works each morning no matter how bad he feels. When he began having dizzy spells, he talked his wife Janelle into going with him so he could keep up the work. She now joins him in the car every morning and sorts the bread when he brings it out.

Janelle also enjoys sharing a little bread with the birds at each stop, earning a nickname of “the bird woman.” The birds now recognize the Hadsells, flocking to the car, waiting for breakfast. Jack and Janelle also find time to volunteer at First Methodist. Jack helps feed the homeless twice a week, making sure they get a little something extra like cake, cookies or cheese. Meanwhile, Janelle cleans the sanctuary at First Methodist once a week. At age 85 and 83, Jack and Janelle continue to live a life of community service and volunteerism, sharing their time and enthusiasm with Austin’s neediest citizens.

We recently connected with Jack and Janelle’s daughter, who reported that they are still picking up and dropping off food every day! Though Jack is still struggling with his health, nothing can keep him from his trips to Randall’s! What two remarkable people they are.

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RecognizeGood: THE Foundation (commonly known as simply RecognizeGood) is a local nonprofit that provides a means for individuals, businesses and other nonprofits to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout the greater Austin area. There are several active RecognizeGood programs that work toward this mission from different angles, but the common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community.