Jefferson Award Winner, December 2018: Sherlyn Kleinow

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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) — Some years are harder than others to put presents under the Christmas tree, but a woman in Grant County is doing her part to lessen the burden.

Sherlyn Kleinow is being recognized with a Jefferson Award for her efforts in providing food, clothing and toys to people in need through the Grant County Holiday Project.

As the Christmas chaos unfolds in Lancaster, Kleinow keeps her cool, ready to help wherever she’s needed.

“She’s a hard worker, she gets things done and she knows what she’s doing,” said Janis Roesch, a long-time volunteer.

Sherlyn has been been volunteering with the project since 2011, but it was her 35-year career in social services that taught her the importance of lending a helping hand.

“Nobody has to stay in the position they’re in now,” said Kleinow. “You can always change where you’re at and this is to help you while you’re in that position.”

Volunteer’s agree, it’s the community’s giving spirit that makes the project a reality. This year, the group is able to help nearly 600 families.

When 27 News was on location a group of students from Lancaster High School stopped by with donations.

For the people being helped, it’s not just about receiving gifts. The holiday project asks them to give back in return.

“You can open a door for somebody, you can call somebody at a nursing home,” said Kleinow.

Because if there’s one thing Sherlyn has learned throughout her years of community service, it’s that there’s always something you can do to help.

The Grant County Holiday Project is continuing to grow. After the holidays they’ll move to a new location that was completely funded by the community.

To learn more about the project, click HERE.

Rebecca Ribley

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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