From the beginning of Bluffton Self Help, which began in her own garage, Martin has been serving residents of Bluffton with all the goods she was able to provide. Last year, the organization answered nearly 28,000 requests for aid. In fall of 2011, Martin was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the U.S. in a private ceremony at the White House.
Martin and Daughtie were recognized for their efforts in meeting the needs of those in our community who struggle with some of life’s most basic necessities.
“These people are very exceptional in what they do,” said Tom Upshaw, president and CEO, Palmetto Electric Cooperative. “They live by the mantra of helping people by giving them a hand up as opposed to a hand out.”
The Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award was first presented in 1971 and is dedicated by her family to the memory of Doughtie, who died at 22 after a short life in service to others.