When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, longtime Bartlett resident Carolyn Joynt began making masks for her neighbors, friends, family and local organizations in need. Her dedication to the community during the pandemic led to the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce honoring her Thursday as the first recipient of the Unsung Hero award at the group’s monthly luncheon.

The chamber created the award to highlight “shining stars of selflessness and altruism,” people in the community who quietly and unassumingly go about the business of caring for their neighbors and their communities despite the danger and obstacles.

“I’m very overwhelmed at being selected, to tell you the truth,” Joynt said of the award presented at the Cedar Hall wedding venue and bed-and-breakfast inn. “I had no idea about it. I’m sure there are other people who’ve done the same thing. I just did mine as an individual.”

Susan Tanner, co-owner of Pink Ribbons, nominated Joynt for the award. Pink Ribbons, which specializes in bras, prosthesis, compression garments and wigs for patients with mastectomies or lymphedema, received some of Joynt’s masks for people who come into their boutique at 716 N. White Station.

“Mrs. Joynt has been selected as the first winner of Unsung Heroes because of her thoughtfulness in helping others,” said BACC President John Threadgill. “Bartlett is fortunate to have citizens that are selfless and caring, and Mrs. Joynt epitomizes that altruistic philosophy.”

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