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September’s Irish 31 Thankful for Your Neighbor Award Winner: The Dil Family

The number of nominations for our Thankful for Your Neighbor Award made selecting a winner mighty difficult!

The winners, the Dil Family of Castleford, illustrate that small, generous actions are the keys to building community.

“I’m a bit controversial,” admitted Barbara Dil. After learning that a neighbor had fallen on the community’s raised sidewalks, Barbara and her daughters Allison and Kimberly took a roll of orange duct tape and placed it over raised sidewalk cracks to help warn others.

The action prompted Barbara’s neighbor, Nicole Radatz Whitmore, to nominate them. “They are the type of neighbors you can call in a pinch when you promised your child’s class cupcakes but don’t have enough eggs, or when you left your garage door open when leaving for work and can’t come home to close it,” wrote Whitmore. “There are countless examples of how they go above and beyond for the community.” Whitmore added, “They ROCK!”

The Dil family has also served as Castleford’s Thanksgiving Food Drive captains since the drive came under WOW’s umbrella.

The family first moved into Castleford in 1996, when their oldest child, Thomas – now 23 and living in Kentucky – was a year and a half old. Barbara has seen many of the homes in Castleford recently sell and hopes her neighborhood retains the strong sense of community it had when children once played in the cul-de-sac. “I feel so committed. It’s where I raised my children,” she said. “I feel committed to keeping it a nice place for families.”

WOW thanks and congratulates Barbara Dill and her family for being a Good Neighbors. To recognize them, the Dils received a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of Irish 31. Thanks, Irish 31!

Nominate a Good Neighbor!

Do you know a good neighbor who should be recognized for kindness, helpfulness or their community spirit? You can nominate them on the Irish 31 Thankful for your Neighbor Contest post, which appears on Westchase Neighborhood News on Facebook on the last Thursday of every month.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

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