Bonnie is considered by many to be the heart of Deal Island, lending a hand with just about any and every organization, from the Lions Club to the fire department.
Lana Jones, also of Deal Island, said of Bonnie, “She goes to the Seton Center and helps with bags. She makes hats for the little babies at the hospital.”
Daniel Webster Sr., a member of Deal Island-Chance Volunteer Fire Department, said, “Every time I come up here, we have anything going on like fundraisers or things like the ladies’ auxiliary have, she’s the first one in the door and the last one to leave.”
Jones added, “She helps anybody on the island. There’s five churches and I’m pretty sure she’s been in all five.”
And Bonnie has cooked for just about everyone in them as well.
“The way I describe Ms. Bonnie is she’s like the Energizer bunny. She keeps going and going and going,” Webster said.
Jones said of Bonnie, “She’s helped with the animal shelters. She’s just a great lady.”
Bonnie says of her volunteer work, “I always did help out wherever I could, and I’ll help any of these people. [I’ll] do anything for them.”
Pastor Dave Dave Webster, chaplain of the fire department, said of Bonnie, “Her small stature is only in her stature. It’s not in her heart. Her heart is 50 times bigger than she is.”
And that is why Bonnie Butt is a 2018 Jefferson Award winner.