Leaf Raking for Seniors

Event details

  • Saturday | November 10, 2018 to Saturday | November 4, 2017
  • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Menomonee Falls Community Education and Recreation Center W152 N8645 Margaret Rd Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

(above ) Noland Ander, Logon Wood, and Elliot Thomson, all age 10, of the Jr. Indians Baseball team, are ready with rakes.

2017 Photos by Don Gorzek

November 4 dawned sunny, warm and bright with the prospects of a great day to rake leaves for seniors and earn some donations for a number of kids’ organizations!

Okay…it was actually cloudy, rainy and no more than 40 degrees, but it was still a great day for leaf raking. Over 225 volunteer rakers and a dozen or so Optimist Club members turned the gloomy weather into sunshine for 27 senior citizens whose yards were cleaned up before the winter weather hits.

Organizations who provided rakers included the Cub Scouts, Falls Jr Indians, Falls Angels Softball, Student Council, National Honor Society, Jr Optimists and Kindness for Kaden. Through November 20, we’ve collected over $750 in donations for these groups—and we are not done collecting! Even better, the Optimist Club will be matching the total and issuing checks in the near future.

Special thanks to all the Optimist volunteers who helped with set-up, clean-up, sign-in and leaf hauling. Your experience, guidance & effort were invaluable as a couple “rookie” chairpersons muddled through the process—thanks again!

And…an extra special note of appreciation to Karl Hornung at Shady Lane Greenhouses who generously provided us with an area to dump leaves after the village was unable to accommodate us. Karl was gracious, helpful and cooperative—a genuine pleasure to work with!

Please mark your calendars for next year’s Leaf Raking on November 10, 2018…I‘m pretty confident we can guarantee better weather!

 

Leaf Raking for Seniors Co-Chairs: Jason Husslein and John Yusko