Since 2002, Duncan has spent months collecting school supplies for kids from kindergarten through high school; then, shortly before school starts, he throws a big party at Edyth Sims Park in Talladega and gives the stuff away. This year, he estimated 500 children came to the party and picked up everything they’d need to start school.
He’s also known for his work as a volunteer coach for various basketball teams in Talladega and as a stalwart in the city Street Department until he retired in 1986.
Yes, Eddie Duncan is well known in these parts. And now he’s known to a much wider audience.
Duncan got a big surprise this week when he walked into one of his favorite places to buy his school supplies. His friend Connie Smith, who works at the Family Dollar off Battle Street, was waiting there with a crew from a Birmingham TV station to give Duncan $600 just for being such a nice guy. Smith had nominated Duncan to be honored through WBRC’s Pass 6 On program, which aired Thursday night.
Duncan, true to form, knew exactly what he’d do with the money. “Now I can get started on next year,” he said.
Duncan gets a tip of the hat today for his years of volunteering, and Connie Smith gets one, too, for finding this thoughtful and helpful way to thank him.