Brandon Crouch: Salisbury Civitan’s 2014 Good Samaritan

  • Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:49 p.m.
Brandon Crouch and his church youth leader, Patti Safrit, at the Civitan Club of Salisbury Good Samaritan Awards ceremony.
Brandon Crouch and his church youth leader, Patti Safrit, at the Civitan Club of Salisbury Good Samaritan Awards ceremony.

For over 40 years, the Civitan Club of Salisbury has presented its Good Samaritan Award to a Rowan County resident who exemplified the characteristics of the Biblical Good Samaritan. This year’s winner is Brandon Crouch, age 19, a young person who made a difference in the life of a man in need.

The story of how Brandon met and helped Leonard Wynn, a 47-year old homeless Army veteran, was featured in The Salisbury Post. He is the young man who rallied his youth group at Unity Presbyterian in Woodleaf to furnish Wynn’s small apartment that was provided by the Veterans Administration.


The church’s youth leader, Patti Safrit, assisted in the effort to furnish Wynn’s apartment and stock his kitchen shelves with food. Safrit nominated Crouch for the Civitan Good Samaritan Award given to him April 3.

“This project pulled volunteers together to help a member of their community because one person recognized someone in need and set about to help him,” said Civitan Mark Curran in his announcement of the award.

Good Samaritans from previous years in attendance were Juanita Lagg and her husband, Elmer; Gaynell Leonard and her guest, Johan Thomas; Melba Hunter; Ann Coggins; Lee Wagoner with her husband, Bobbie; Elizabeth Morgan and guest Dr. Telka Hall Weant; Carolyn Barker; Joy Gerock and guest Linda Thomas.

Rev. Ed Lewis spoke about the Good Samaritans that he encountered in his ministry.

The Civitan Club of Salisbury works to raise funds for challenged children, for scholarships and other needs in the Salisbury community. For more information about the club, contact club secretary Mark Beymer at 704-630-0551.

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