Meet The Real Heroes of the Quad Cities
These 4 people remind us to be a local hero all you have to do is care about those in the community and act on it.
By Mona Stephens
When you hear the word hero you may think of Spiderman, Captain America, a police office, or a firefighter. These are all heroes, however, you don’t have to fight crime or fires to be a heroes; you just need to care.
A few ordinary people from the Quad-Cities found ways to do just that. These individuals have nothing in common except the fact they each have a huge heart. That’s all you need mixed with the courage and drive to take action. Here’s what 3 different members of our great community did for kids in foster care recently.
The Auto Guy
Owner of 321 Auto Detailing, Kevin Wilson, is a man always looking to help the local kids in the area. He plays in a travel bowling league, has a son, and is a husband. Kevin would consider himself a “simple man.”
This simple man decided to hold a donation only car wash at Antelope Hill Lanes in Prescott Valley last month. All the proceed he collected that day went to Yavapai CASA for kids Foundation. In just 4 hours they raise a little over $150 dollars.
It may not seem like a lot but here’s the impact that $150 can make on a foster child’s life.
- Provide clothing for ½ of the year for a foster child.
- Provide emergency clothing for a child entering foster care.
- Buy a bike and safety wear for a child in foster care.
- Cover the cost of day camp for a child.
In 4 hours this man, with the support of the community, impacted a child. Kevin continues to do this each week for a different charity.
Annie, You Are Okay
Annie Reifsnyder is the Trivia Master over at the Windsock Cocktail Lounge on Monday Nights. Each Monday people pay to join trivia night and all the proceeds go to a local Charity.
Annie, recently became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and wanted to give back to the children she will now be volunteering with. In one night of Trivia, the patrons of the Windsock raised $181 for kids in care.
This can do things like:
- Help supplement day care for a foster child
- Pay for a foster teen to get drivers training
- Get a foster child a bed
The CM Team
CM Wireless owners, Eric and Adriana Granillo, budgeted for philanthropy this year because giving back to the community is paramount in their lives.
These two, with the help of their employees (in one month) put together Chino Valley’s first ever 5k and Community Fair. They got vendors to come and host games, a DJ to donate his time, face painter, a bounce house, and much more.
Everyone in attendance raved about how much fun they were having. The only sighs came from people wishing their friends or family members would have come. The event was small and that made it easy to connect with people.
CM Wireless raised $1,904 with their fair. They raised this money specifically to help with the renovations of the new Family Visitation Center rooms Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is building in Prescott.
There is an extreme lack of family visitation centers in the area and that is an injustice to many families looking to reunify with their children. The families are left having their visits at McDonalds and similar places.
With the help of CM Wireless these families will have a safe and strategic place to meet with their children.
A Simple Man, A Trivia Master & One Team
These 4 individuals may have been given cool names in the title but these are people in our community like any other. The only reason they are heroes and making a difference in their local community.
Will you be next?
If you, like to organize a fundraiser for Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation please contact infor@yavapaiCASAforkids.org for more details.