LOCAL LOOKOUT: Fulton shop honors frontline workers
FULTON - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, one Fulton store is stepping up to help honor their community's frontline workers.
Sneller Mid Mo Auto & Diesel Repair held two contests, in both store locations, to nominate the community's favorite nurses and teachers. Owners Randy and Requitta Sneller said they started this in order to give back to the community during the pandemic.
The winners get a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choosing and a free oil change from Sneller.
"We just put an announcement on Facebook as a way to give back to the community and I put all the names into a spin wheel to choose the winner," Requitta said.
Both Randy and Requitta said the feedback from the community has been huge.
"The comments said, 'you guys are awesome' and 'this is so cool' and the nurse who won said 'you guys made my day,'" Requitta said.
Misty Vandeloecht won the last nurse nomination, but said she didn't expect to be recognized for her work.
"I never expected to win," she said. "I saw my name and could not believe it. I was just really surprised."
Now, several winners are using this as a way to give back to the community themselves.
"I told them I wanted to use this to support local business, so I chose Jalisco's, a local restaurant in town," Vandeloecht said.
Randy and Requitta said this is something they hope to continue for a while. Their plan is to increase the nominations to include veterans and other frontline workers in the future.