Leadership Springfield’s Class 30 played Santa for senior citizens in the Ozarks over the holiday season.
Class 30 graduate Dan Malochowski organized the effort to raise $500 for holiday baskets for the homebound. Grooms Office Environments in Springfield matched that money for a grand total of $1,000.
“We felt that it would be a good use of our time and resources to help seniors in our community this Christmas as they are a group of individuals that may not receive as much attention during the holiday season,” said Malochowski. “The recipients of the gift baskets and the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging were very appreciative of our efforts.”
Homebound seniors are a group that is sometimes forgotten in the ‘giving season.’ The $1,000 purchased goods to fill 55 baskets. Each of them were filled with toiletries, soup, crackers, candy, cookies, calendar, flashlight, soaps, lotion, cocoa, tea, and a blanket. The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging provided a list of individual seniors in need. Employees at Grooms hand-delivered the baskets to seniors in Battlefield Towers. The seniors smiled from ear-to-ear at the gesture.
"It is incredibly important to be involved in community efforts like this as there is so much need in our community,” said Malochowski. "We are no strangers to poverty in our community and if we, as a class, can improve the lives of a few over the holiday season, maybe we can inspire others to do the same.”
Class 30 wanted to use the effort to address a red flag issue facing our community.
“I am very proud of the way that our class came together for a special project like this,” said Malochowski. “I’m looking forward to having future opportunities to make a difference in our community with the members of the class!"