2024 Person of the year nominations:
If there ever was a person who deservessuch an award it would be Maureen.
I've known her for over 40 years. She has always been a loving and giving person.
In the last many years she has given to the many communities as feeding the homeless,
fighting to beat the opioid crisis, looking out for those that are in need, stopping to speak
to a homeless person and giving them God's Word, love. A person looking for
food - she stops to give gift cards, hats, gloves and a bottle of water. She is
always thinking of how to help others. Her work at Gilly's House helps her
reach go further and touch many more people. Bethany House Ministries, St.
Basil's and St. Jude's all feel her love constantly too. Added to those many
things, she and "The God Squad" receive food deliveries several times
a week and distribute to the many people, groups, and homes that can't feed
their families or themselves. I consider myself so blessed to have Maureen in
my life. I know those that have been touched by her feel the same way. There is
no one more deserving of this award than Maureen.
Maureen Kirby Cappuccino is a lifelongNorfolk resident. It is a rare Norfolkian who
doesn’t know Maureen and who Maureen hasn’t helped in some way. Always ready to lead
the way, Maureen has been intricately involved in Norfolk Baseball, Norfolk Soccer, King Phillip
Music, Learn to Cope, Bethany Ministries, and a Eucharistic minister at St.
Jude. Because of her work with Gilly’s Maureen has garnered a network of
organizations who clothe and feed the homeless, work with local families who
are fostering, and is familiar with lifelong seniors in town who are in need of
services and consistently taps her connections, friends and the community for
donations of food, clothing and personal care items to distribute to anyone in
need. It’s become such common knowledge - dozens reach out to her when they are
in need or know of someone in need. I honestly can’t think of a better
Person of the Year for our town. Even battling cancer in 2022, Maureen
continued to show up and work her unique magic.