Abercrombie will be honored at the 2014 Winter Gala on Jan. 24 as the Tracy Chamber of Commerce Male Citizen of the Year. The former councilman first learned service from his parents and then learned what it means to serve Tracy from a few other people.
“I know some of the past recipients: Gene Birk. John Day. Greg Bidlack. Dick Spence. People that I have seen being very active in the community,” Abercrombie said. “So it’s quite an honor to be part of that group.”
The chamber selected Abercrombie because of his local leadership with Drug Abuse Resistance Education, Brighter Christmas and nine other community service organizations.
The D.A.R.E. educator also identified his faith as a motivation for his acts of kindness.
“God was a big part of my life growing up,” Abercrombie said. “Just remembering that because of him, I’m not homeless, that’s been a huge impact also.”
Abercrombie hopes others in the community feel the same.
“Realize how blessed you are. You don’t have to be Bill Gates to give back,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be money when you give. It’s time. We have kids in D.A.R.E. who spend time in Astoria Gardens doing karaoke with those people. I hear from Astoria Gardens how that just makes those people’s day. They love when the kids come in and spend time with them.”
In fact, it’s that ethic of giving back that Abercrombie sees in the community every day.
“This city of Tracy, and I’ve said this for years, is the most giving, compassionate city I’ve ever been associated with,” Abercrombie said. “Whenever there is a need, people step up. That’s the way this town rolls.”
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