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Unsung Hero: Shannon Carr

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BENTON -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Benton woman spends her days volunteering. Shannon Carr has been recognized for her generosity several times in the Benton newspaper.

At just 8-years-old, Justin Bennett is learning the importance of helping others.

A lesson he gets regularly from his Cub Master Shannon Carr.

"She's fun and funny and she's been really good to us," said Justin.   

Pamelaa Bennett, Justin's mom, said she's noticed a change in her son since he joined the scouting program.

"She does so much for the boys and I mean, they do community service like you wouldn't believe. She's a great leader," said Pamela.   

Shannon has been helping with the cub scouts for about four years, planning activities for more than 25-boys.

"I seen the need and I just was able to fill that need and I enjoy it and the kids seem to enjoy me," added Shannon.   

Justin enjoys her more than Shannon realizes. "She's really nice. I think we should be a family," added Justin.    

The mother of four has been "filling a need" most of her life. She's also organizer for her church's free clothing store.

"The people that did run it for 30-years was getting older and older and not able to keep up with the amount that was coming in, so I stepped in to help because if I didn't, nobody else was stepping in to do it and I didn't want to see the doors close," said Shannon.   

But it doesn't stop there, Shannon is the fill in van driver for her church, cooks for Vacation Bible School, and organizes the church's Christmas toy drive all while working a full-time job.

Shannon's mom, Lora Jones, said Shannon has always had a heart to help people and has hard time saying no.

"There's been times I have complained because I thought she was too involved," said Jones. "She doesn't come over and spend time to get a part on the back, you know. She comes over here really just to help."   

And now she's teaching her kids and others about volunteerism. 

"As far as I can remember, she would help out here an there and she would bring me and my brothers and we would all help out a lot," said Shannon's daughter Mayci Dawson.   

She says her life's mantra is something she learned from the boy scouts.

"Duty to God. Duty to country. Duty to others," added Shannon.   

It's a mantra Pamela believes Shannon embodies.

"You can go in being mad at the world or you can go in saying, how can I help and in Shannon's case, it's how can I help?," said Pamel.       

"I love her," added Justin.

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