10 Most Beautiful 2016
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Whitney Creehan, 40
Charity: Gathering Friends For the Homeless
Never one to seek the spotlight, it can be hard to get Whitney Creehan to talk about herself, but her work with Springfield’s homeless population speaks for itself. Creehan is a founding member of Gathering Friends For the Homeless, a nonprofit that supports the city’s growing homeless population by providing clothing, medicine, bus passes, tents and other essential items.
The organization was started by Creehan and a few friends three years ago as a Facebook page. That page now has more than 2,000 followers, and the group’s efforts have grown accordingly. However, for all the Gathering Friends team does for the homeless, Creehan insists the most important role they play is friend. “We come back again and again on a regular basis because we develop relationships with these people and we enjoy spending time with them.”
When Creehan is not volunteering, she is with her family. She, her husband, Ben, and their 11-year-old twin boys, Jack and Brooklyn, love to play and watch sports. She even gets to spend time with her family at work. “Forty-three years ago my folks opened a little mom and pop shop, Kaleidoscope,” Creehan says. “And I now help them run it along with my husband.”