Estacadian of the Year enjoys paying it forward
Shirley McAdoo views many of her volunteering efforts as group endeavors, so she was surprised when she received the Estacadian of the Year award.
"It was totally unexpected," said McAdoo, who was honored during the Estacada Chamber of Commerce's Community Recognition event on Saturday, Oct. 27.
McAdoo is a frequent volunteer at the Estacada Community Center, planning and cooking meals for events such as the Saturday night dinner dances.
"I enjoy doing it. I want to do quality food, and give people their money's worth," she said.
In addition to coordinating meals, McAdoo also created a series of patriotic tablecloths for the American Legion's dinner meetings at the center.
"At the center, it's definitely a joint venture. Everyone else helps and makes it come together. Without the others, it wouldn't be possible," she said. "I love doing it."
Along with her endeavors at the Community Center, McAdoo also helps with several events during the holidays, such as the Estacada Christmas Adopt-a-Family program and Operation Christmas Child at Clackamas Valley Baptist Church.
Operation Christmas Child was one of the first projects in Estacada McAdoo became involved with, and she is happy to continue every year. The program, coordinated by Samaritan's Purse, gives children around the world shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and information about the story of Jesus.
"I truly believe in the shoeboxes," McAdoo said, noting that she typically donates around 30 boxes each year and hopes to increase this number.
She also enjoys helping her neighbors through the adopt-a-family program, which connects local donors with families who wish to be adopted for the holidays. Since last year, McAdoo has helped coordinate the program.
"It's really neat to be in a position where you can help people," she said.
McAdoo also assists with community dinners at Estacada Community Fellowship and provides those who need it with bus service to Estacada First Baptist Church.
McAdoo has lived in Estacada since 1980 and appreciates the town's generous spirit.
"I love this community. I love that people know you, and they'll help you. People watch out for everybody," she said. "If people are in need, everybody comes out. They don't even have to know you."