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Waitress serves less fortunate

December 16, 2000

Waitress serves less fortunate



Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer


SANDY HOOK - Lisa Poole has forged a 21-year career of serving others as a waitress at Cindy Dee Restaurant in Sandy Hook.

But Poole doesn't stop when her shift ends.

The Harper's Ferry, W.Va., resident helps less fortunate families and senior citizens in Washington and Frederick counties through her tireless work with the Leechel Reynolds Needy Family Fund.

The fund was founded by longtime CSX Inc. MARC train conductor Leechel Reynolds in 1992. Fund workers supply food, clothes and toys for poor Washington and Frederick county residents during the holiday season with money raised throughout the year.

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Betty Reynolds said Poole's help enabled her to continue her husband's charitable effort after he passed away several years ago.

"Lisa is super. She is always there for everybody," Reynolds said. "She won't take the credit, but I couldn't live without her. She is an angel in disguise."

Poole just shakes her head at the description.

"I do whatever they need," said Poole, 37. "There's always somebody out there who does more."

Yet she said it takes all of her organizational skills to find enough time in her schedule to complete such December services as helping with church youth sleep-overs, birthday parties and the needy family fund.

She finished her Christmas shopping in October to help make that time.

Poole, who was recently honored by the Brunswick Lions Club for the work she's done for the organization, also digs into her own pockets to buy raffle items to raise money for the fund, Reynolds said.

"Lisa is very generous," she said.

With the $4,000 raised this year, the women and fund worker Bob Anderson purchased, bagged and delivered products ranging from turkeys to toys to toilet paper to 15 needy families and about 50 senior citizens at the Brunswick House Senior Center in Brunswick, Md.

There is enough food to last each recipient about one month, Poole said.

The annual task taxes the trio, but the "look on people's faces" when they receive their gifts makes the exhausting effort worthwhile, she said.

"I just get pleasure out of it," Poole said. "I don't do it because I want to be recognized for it. I don't want to be recognized for it."

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