TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners presented Chandler Watkins, 9, with the Governor’s Points of Light Award, the highest honor Florida makes to distinguish outstanding volunteer service, at its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 7.
Chandler has organized a food drive for local food banks since he was 4 years old. Each birthday, instead of gifts, he asks for canned food to donate to the food pantry. On his last birthday, he collected more than 100 pounds of food. Chandler also collects toys and clothes every Christmas for needy children.
Chandler Watkins receives a standing ovation during the Nov. 7 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.
Earlier this year, he was awarded the coveted Disney Dreamer and Doer Award for his good deeds. As part of the honor, he was given free tickets to Disney’s theme parks. Chandler gave those tickets to his Beverly Shores Elementary teacher and guidance counselor because he said he wanted to share this award with them.
This year, Chandler attends the Christian Home and Bible School. He is the son of Dr. Chad Watkins and Natalie Watkins, and the grandson of James C. and Vicky Watkins and Dr. Joseph and Judith Sahab.
For more information about the Points of Light Award, log on to www.volunteerfloridafoundation.org.