“Tom’s desire to help others and his dedicated volunteer efforts have made a true difference in our community,” said Rep. Smith. “His commitment to volunteerism is an act we should all strive to emulate.”
The award was established by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman in collaboration with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to acknowledge and recognize outstanding seniors who work hard to improve their communities, help others and serve as mentors and caregivers.
Twenty-six senior citizens received a Golden Hoosier Award, the highest honor bestowed to a senior citizen in Indiana.
Golden Hoosier Award recipients must be at least 65 years old and have contributed at least three years of volunteer experience.
Tom Thomson received a Golden Hoosier Award for his constant work to help those in his community both young and old. Thomson was nominated by Floyd Crouse of the Aging and Community Services of South Central Indiana Inc.
“Tom is a hard man to hoe behind because he always does everything right the first time,” said Crouse. “He is an amazingly caring individual who approaches every chance to help with a humble strength.”
Tom Thomson routinely helps the elderly travel to medical appointments, reads to children and cares for the local cemetery. He is also in the process of rebuilding another cemetery that was damaged by severe weather conditions.