The March 2009 recipients are Pat Hildebrandt and Margaret Kraft for their hard work and remarkable commitment to serving the children and families at the Springbrook Saturday Mobile Food Bank.
From the very beginning of the Spring 2006 planning to address the problem of hunger in Lakewood, Margaret Kraft and Pat Hildebrandt have been on the ad hoc Hunger Task Force of the Lakewood Community Collaboration. Once planning was complete, they mobilized for action. Rain or shine, snow, sleet or sun, Pat and Margaret have spent approximately five hours each Saturday morning for nearly three years handing out food, clothing, encouragement, compassion and love to people who otherwise would be hungry in Springbrook. From a few dozen the first weekend, to a steady stream numbering in the hundreds, at four different sites, the hungry people are there and so are the two ladies who serve them. “Their dedication and commitment have kept me going at times,” says Suzanne Tate, food bank coordinator from the Food Connection, marveling at their ability to recruit volunteers from among their friends at United Methodist and St. John Bosco faith communities, and their knack for coming up with extra resources to serve those with special needs, like basics for the homeless, cosmetics for the ladies or school supplies for the kids. The clients offer a steady stream of “Thank you ladies; you really care!”
Pat and Margaret are making an obvious difference to the children and families of Springbrook, but that’s not all they do for the kids of Lakewood. Both are regular participants in the Lakewood Community Collaboration and volunteer in the many activities of Caring for Kids. Margaret also serves on the boards of LASA and the Clover Park Foundation and Pat volunteers in the Angel Room at Guadalupe House, providing newborn layettes to new moms in need. Retirement is no time to sit at home for these two dynamic ladies!
Therefore, Margaret Kraft and Pat Hildebrandt, nominated by Diane Formoso, are today recognized by Lakewood’s Community Collaboration. Each receives the traveling Red Wagon, symbolic of pulling their weight to help the youth of Lakewood, and a plaque of appreciation from the City of Lakewood and the partners of Lakewood’s Promise.
The mission of Lakewood’s Promise is to mobilize people from every sector of life to build the character and competence of our youth by providing these Promises:
- An ongoing relationship with a Caring Adult
- Safe Places with structured activities during non-school hours
- A Healthy Start for a healthy future
- An Effective Education for college readiness and marketable skills
- Opportunities to Serve their community
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities, each month presents a “Caught in the Act of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed or deeds for one or more children and families in the City of Lakewood.