Bob Pratt honored as "Outstanding Citizen of the Year"Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When area Mayors sat down to select a winner for the "people with disabilities" award, they did not have to debate long.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When area Mayors sat down to select a winner for the "people with disabilities" award, they did not have to debate long.
Bob Pratt is being honored as "Outstanding Citizen of the Year."
Every day of the week, you will find Bob Pratt at Fargo's Vocational Training Center.
He never misses time at the wood saw, in the last 46-years he's been coming here. At 67-he could be retired and spending snow days at Fraser Hall, but this is like family here at the VTC.
But Bob is being honored, not for his work here at the VTC, but for his philanthrophy outside of work.
Bob Pratt/Citizen of the Year: “I walk around and every time I see a can on the burm, I pick it up and bring it to Fraser and crush it. “
He collects cans, and along with some of his salary here at the wood shop, distributes to people in need.
Pratt: “Just good to other people, just be good to other people.”
Those benefiting from Bob's generosity. When Bob's home church 1st Congregational needed money to restore the organ, Bob was there. He has helped people with MS, flood victims in Minot, and homeless shelters.
Carolyn Schook/Vocational Training Center: “Someone at Fraser had a husband battling cancer and Bob gave money to them”
Over the years, thousands of dollars donated to charities and causes near and dear to Bob. Like a housing project for those in need, near Bob's Fraser Hall home.
Pratt: “Our new program will start at a new three story building, for the homeless, at Fraser.”
Ask Bob any current events, and he will crush you.
Never misses the news or weather. And so while them mayor select someone every year for its outstanding person with disabilities, they hit a homerun with this guy. Giving, unselfish, addicted to kindness.
I just like to do it.
Even on his days off, Bob comes to the wood shop, just to make sure everyone is doing his job.
Bob's father helped start the vocational shop in Fargo close to 50-years ago.
Bob has been there nearly the entire time.