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Bill Anderson Is This Week's Hometown Hero

One Evansville man lends a hand wherever he can.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 6:20 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2020 2:24 PM

It's a popular Thanksgiving tradition in the Tri-State.

Hundreds of people turning out each year for the Turkey Day 5K.

The race this year is going virtual due to the pandemic, but it's how those funds being raised benefit our community.

"This place is nostalgic, you know. I wanna see this place grow."

It's a job he absolutely loves.

"He is a staple here. He's sort of a local celebrity," says Danielle Titzer, Goodwill Employment Specialist.

Referred through vocational rehabilitation, for the last year, Bill Anderson has done a little bit of everything at the Goodwill.

"I especially like the physical jobs where I'm picking stuff up and putting it somewhere else like lifting things," says Anderson. "Like I'm a good runner."

And that he is.

Day in and day out Bill lends a helping hand, working where he's needed, but most importantly bringing a smile to others' faces.

"I just do nice things because it's the right thing to do," says Anderson.

One of Bill's most memorable moments is the Fifth Third Bank Turkey Day 5K.

A Tri-State tradition for decades, the race raises money to support Evansville Goodwill and their Vocational Support Services.

A program that has aimed to help many people like Bill overcome challenges.

"He took a harder road because it's harder to seek out help and do what you need to do then it is to give," says Titzer.

A reminder anything is possible even when times get tough.

"I only go up from here," says Anderson. "The skies the limit. And I'm going to break that limit."

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It was another brutally hot afternoon throughout the Tri-State; afternoon highs peaked in the mid to low 90s for our third straight day with heat indices approaching and even surpassing 100° at times earlier on. As for the remainder of the evening, one can expect much of the same - temperatures will stick around the upper 80s through at least dinnertime before dipping to 80° or so by 10PM. Winds shifting southward overnight will only allow temperatures to fall as low as the mid to low 70s throughout the Ohio Valley; we'll kick off what may end up being our hottest day in years with a morning low temperature of 73° in Evansville.
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