MT. PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - East Texan, Gordon Nelms, has donated his time and efforts to several organizations over more than 30 years and his charitable work is having an impact.
Nelms couldn't be prouder of receiving $250,000 for a charity he has spent nearly half of his life serving.
"We're going to use it to build the building that will continue to serve this county for as long as anybody is around to do it," said Nelms, the Texas Hero winner. "It will outlast me a long time."
The building will replace another food pantry building. For years, the Titus County Food Pantry has been distributing food out of a 12 by 12 room.
"This is our distribution center for the food pantry and we deliver meals to 800 to 900 families a month," said Chuck Hinton, with the Titus Cares Food Pantry. "Three-years-ago that number was 85 families a month."
And, it is because of volunteers like Gordon Nelms that they've been able to feed East Texas families.
"He's just an angel and we knew once we got to tell the story of Gordon Nelms, the hometown hero, they would bestow the award that they did, and we couldn't be happier," said Hinton.
"If it helps our community to receive something then I can live with that," said Nelms.
He says he appreciates the national award and recognition, for his charitable efforts. He even like the title of Texas Hero.
"I'm kind of getting used to it," said Nelms. "I might even begin to enjoy it."