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The Oregon Coast Visitors Association encourages visitors to "be kind to the coast."

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Six South Coast individuals were recognized by the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as some of the 20 kindest people on the Oregon Coast.

The organization recognized the individuals as part of its “Be Kind to the Coast” campaign, looking back at a challenging 2020 with “kindsight.”

“Taking time to shift our eyes from the uncertain horizon to the abundance of creativity and innovation that already exists in our region has been an inspiring reminder of how strong and diverse our tourism industry is,” wrote Deputy Director Arica Sears in a press release.

Among the individuals recognized was Harv Schuboth, executive director of the Greater Bandon Association, who supported the Greater than Golf caddie relief fund effort. That fund raised over $200,000 for 259 eligible Bandon Dunes caddies who missed out on work during the COVID-19 closure, according to OCVA’s announcement.

Carrie Oldright, the owner of The Timber Faller’s Daughter in Reedsport was recognized by the organization by coordinating mask sewing groups in the early phases of the pandemic when personal protective equipment was in high demand. The effort resulted in hundreds of masks donated to Lower Umpqua Hospital, according to OCVA.

In Gold Beach, OCVA recognized four sisters for their free book program. The owners of Gold Beach Books, the four sent thousands of books across the country in honor of their late brother, Ted Watkins, OCVA said.

The founder of the Oregon Remembrance Project, Taylor Stewart spearheaded a reconciliation event in Coos Bay to celebrate Black History Month 2020. OCVA recognized Stewart’s work in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, which brought over 200 residents to the event and laid the groundwork for future memorials throughout the city.

In Agness, on the Rogue River in Curry County, Jennifer Northrup was recognized for keeping her Lucas Lodge open. She offered her property for fire evacuees and livestock, and kept up the positive reviews despite a challenging year, OCVA said.

Leslie Wilkinson was an essential part of the “Dine to Stay in Curry” gift card program, an effort of the city of Brookings, Curry County Economic Development Department and Travel Southern Oregon Coast. The program has garnered over $18,000 for local restaurants, according to OCVA.

Each winner received a “Be Kind” t-shirt, part of the OCVA’s larger campaign. More information about the recipients and the campaign are available at visittheoregoncoast.com/industry-news/2020-in-kindsight.

“In what has repeatedly been called difficult, divisive and pivotal, the past year also highlighted the resilience of the Oregon Coast and its communities,” OCVA officials wrote. “The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) set out to prove that by recognizing 20 of the kindest people along all 363 miles of the coast.”

Reporter Zack Demars can be reached at worldnews3@countrymedia.net.

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