HEIGHTS — Seniors and disabled veterans wore smiles of gratefulness Nov. 4 as they received a helping hand from dozens of volunteers who performed yard work as part of Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb’s ninth annual Make a Senior Smile Day.
In all, 125 volunteers raked leaves at 52 houses in three communities, including in Dearborn Heights, Redford Township and Livonia, collecting more than 650 bags of yard waste.
“I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to volunteers, many of whom come back year after year and I’d also like to thank the sponsors, local officials and staff members who are just as essential to making an event like this happen.” said Webb (D-Livonia). “There’s nothing more satisfying than making life a little better for a senior citizen or a disabled veteran. Their smiles make this all worthwhile.”
Webb said special thanks were due Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko and Assistant Senior Director Kristen Rockensuess for allowing volunteers to use the Eton Senior Center as a host site for this year’s event.
She also thanked this year’s Dearborn Heights sponsors, which included DTE, Home Depot, Papa John’s Pizza, Studz Hardware, Greenland Market, Saturn Market and state Sen. David Knezek for contributing to the event.
Webb thanked the following individuals who all helped greatly with the Dearborn Heights event: Councilwomen Marge Horvath and Lisa Hicks-Clayton, Police Chief Lee Gavin, Fire Chief David Brogan, Ordinance Officer Jack McIntyre and mayoral assistant Krissy Laslo for their help with the Heights portion of the event. She also gave special praise to resident Linda Mahaney for her longtime assistance with the event.
Webb also thanked the Annapolis High School Key Club and its sponsor, Beth Jacket, Wayne County Master Gardeners and her staff members, Lisa Vowell-Childs, Jaylee Lynch and Jay Johnson.