Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Sun Valley man recognized for giving

Express Staff Writer

Reginald Reeves recently received a phone call from Boise. The caller indicated that Sudanese refugee families in the Gem State's capital needed help. Reeves, an Elkhorn resident, promptly responded by shipping two dozen computers, a truckload of clothing, and numerous personal-care products.

The effort is one of Reeves' many commitments to helping others. For his tireless efforts to create and implement social projects, Reeves received The Jefferson Award, which honors individuals for community service. Founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Sen. Robert Taft Jr., and given in partnership with KBCI, CBS 2, Washington Trust Bank and The Idaho Statesman, Reeves was recognized as Idaho's unsung hero for the month of July.

"My feeling is that I don't personally need the pat on the back ... but if publicity might encourage other people to do good, then it's worthwhile," Reeves said.

Reeves exemplifies selfless giving. He has initiated medical and technological assistance programs across Idaho and the globe. Through his efforts, U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have received thousands of personal-care products. Guatemalan students learned to use computers, and hundreds of people now have clearer vision because of new glasses.

His projects include distributing food, clothes, toys and personal products to military troops from Idaho, as well as to their families.

Beyond Idaho, he heads efforts to provide computers to Hurricane Katrina survivors and Guatemalan students. He collects computers and then distributes the used technology to places that include seven schools in Guatemala.

"I saw the need. And, saw that someone needed to meet the need," he said.

To donate, contact Reeves at P.O. Box 391, Ketchum, ID 83340 or 622-9114.

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