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Jefferson Award winner helps homeless

Jefferson Award-winner Jody Sequine
January 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
At ABC7, it's important to recognize those who take the time and effort to make communities better. And one great way to do that is through the Jefferson Awards.Jody Seguine is this month's Jefferson Award winner.

This is a typical Tuesday for Jody Seguine. She spent the morning shopping at local food banks, and now she's loading a pickup truck with clothing and toiletries.

And it's been this way for nine years, a weekly routine that provides hundreds of people in Westminister with a free meal and other essentials.

"I absolutely love doing what I do," said Seguine. "And I do it with my whole heart."

Her charity is called Feeding Lost Sheep, and for Seguine, it started as a way to serve her community and share her deep religious beliefs.

What was once one woman on a mission has grown into a sizeable operation serving northern Orange County. With help from her church and several volunteers, Seguine manages a clothing donation warehouse while also coordinating a free dinner every Tuesday at a local park.

Of the hundreds who turn out every Tuesday night, some come for the clothing, some for the food, and others for the religious services.

"I don't withhold food from them and make them listen to the message before I feed them, or anything like that," said Seguine. "I feel that if they want to hear, they're going to stick around."

Pastor Sergio Gaxiola helps Seguine with the weekly dinners and services. "People just love her," said Pastor Gaxiola.

"In the world, there's so much bad things that happen, so much stuff that's negative," said Pastor Gaxiola. "She can at least bring something that's positive to the world, and so to me that means a lot to the people."

There are many here who would go hungry without were it not for Seguine's charity, and they are thankful for the woman who comes every week with an open heart and with so much to give.

"There are many things we can't afford in this neighborhood that they provide, like clothing and toys for children," said Constance Cortez, a food recipient at the park.

"When you pick up that little 4-year-old and dance with her -- and you could care less who's watching or anything -- just to have an impact on that child's future," said Seguine. "I can't grow weary when I see things like that."