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National Jefferson Award goes to Delaware nonprofit founder Toni Short

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When Toni Short learned that she had won a national award for her community service work, her eyes filled with tears, and the room at the Baywood Clubhouse Restaurant in Millsboro erupted in applause.

During a toast later in the evening, one of Short’s friends described her as humble. That character trait could not have been more apparent than when the Delaware nonprofit founder stepped up to accept the highest Jefferson Award for public service on Thursday night.

Her first words? Not about herself, but about the people she serves.

“When you see a homeless person, don’t always think something bad,” Short said. “We always have a few bad apples in the bunch, and they [overshadow] those who are good. I know, I was out there.”

Toni Short, founder of the Rehoboth Beach nonprofit Lighthouse for Broken Wings, was recognized with a national Jefferson Award on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Short is the founder of the Rehoboth Beach nonprofit Lighthouse for Broken Wings, which provides transitional housing to people who are experiencing homelessness. She also recently opened a temporary shelter at the Rehoboth Beach American Inn.

Before she was the one making phone calls and giving to others, though, she was the one looking for an outstretched hand. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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