Angela Dieckman on behalf of Erika Kate Foundation
On Valentine's Day, Angela Dieckman of Muscatine, delivered special Valentines to the women and children who reside at Family Resources' Domestic Violence Shelter. The Valentines included cards that said: You Are Loved, along with chocolates and flowers for the ladies, as well as fun heart straws and new stuffed animals for the children. "I wanted these women to know that despite their experiences, they are loved and someone does care about them." said Dieckman.
Dieckman selected the Erika Kate Foundation as the recipient of the $100 donation she won for her good deed.
Tanya Marx and Vicki Jones (EKF), Angela Dieckman, Bonnie Nichols (FNB)
Picture submitted by Angela Dieckman:
Judy Yates on behalf of Family Resources/SADAAP
On Valentine's Day, Judy Yates of Muscatine, purchased 30 bouquets of flowers and randomly handed them out downtown to the meter maid, moms, the elderly, and the homeless, wishing them a very nice Valentine's Day and to let them know someone cares about them. "It was wonderful to see people's faces as I gave them something unexpected," Yates continued, "to surprise them with flowers on Valentine's Day."
Yates selected Family Resources/SADAAP as the recipient of the $100 donation she won for her good deed.
Tara Shoultz (FNB), Rachel Riley Smock and Judy Yates (Family Resources), Alisha Knerr (FNB)
Miller-Harrison Insurance Services on behalf of Crossroads, Inc.
On Valentine's Day, the employees at
Miller-Harrison Insurance Services, located in Muscatine, purchased 80 boxes of
Girl Scout cookies and packaged them up with Valentine's signs. Jeff Miller and Brad Hodapp delivered the
special cookie surprise to all the members at Crossroads, Inc. "The response was overwhelming by the members
at Crossroads." Hodapp of Miller-Harrison Insurance said, "We were told the
cookies had made their day, but in reality the looks on their faces made our
Miller-Harrison Insurance selected Crossroads, Inc. as the recipient of the $100 donation they won for their good deed.
Shannon Walsh, Matt Donath, Brandon Buster, Linda Wilson, Kathy Moore, and Amy Scott (Crossroads), Jeff Miller and Brad Hodapp (Miller-Harrison Insurance), Laura Millage and Sharon Hahn (FNB)
Picture submitted by Brad Hodapp:
Emma, Abigail, and Alexander Yerington on behalf of Muscatine Center for Social Action (MSCA)
After reading about homeless families, 3rd grader Emma Yerington wanted to do something for the children at MCSA.
In 2012, Emma, along with her twin sister Abigail, and older brother Alexander, started the "Coins for Christmas" campaign and set cans for
collecting coins around at Grant School. With the money the Yerington children were able to raise in 2013, the family
bought seven twin mattresses and one full mattress for MCSA. In the coming year, the Yerington children plan
to continue their fundraising campaign to donate more mattresses to the non-profit, creating an annual act of kindness for the residents at MSCA.
When asked about the impact "Coins for Christmas" had on MSCA residents, Emma Yerington said, "It made me really, really happy because I helped a lot of people and changed their lives. It made them happy and us happy."
The Yerington children selected Muscatine Center for Social Action as the recipient of the $100 donation they won for their good deed.
Becky Wichers (Principal at Grant), Maggie Curry (MSCA), Abigail, Emma, and Alexander Yerington, Charla Schafer (FNB)
Washington School on behalf of Relay For Life
Each year, the second grade class at Washington School orchestrates an enormous Monster Cookie project with the guidance of teachers, parents, and volunteers. This initiative is multi-faceted, teaching the children real-life business principles and budgeting; benevolence, as they choose a worth-while cause to support; self-sufficiency as they help themselves by providing books and tools for their own school; and project management.
Cookie production takes 15 teachers, parents, and volunteers dedicating time to purchase supplies and bake cookies. This year, they started at 1:30 in the afternoon and went into the evening to make approximately 2,000 cookies in just one day!"The children get so excited about this each year," said Vicki Lawhead, 2nd grade teacher at Washington School. "Three different children told me it was the 'best day of their lives,' making monster cookies."
The students then donate the cookie profits to their school in addition to a worthy cause. In the past, money has been donated to the school media center for headphones for the computer labs and books for the library. Last year, a portion of the proceeds were donated to Get Your Rear in Gear in memory of Mrs. Fessler. This year, the students chose to donate a portion of their Monster Cookie proceeds to Relay For Life.
Washington School selected Relay For Life as the recipient of the $100 donation they won for their good deed.
Charla Schafer (FNB), Cameron, Becca, and Grace (Washington), and Diana Tank (Relay For Life)