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Good Deeds in the Neighborhood

CONTINUING TO SHARE STORIES OF OUR NEIGHBORS DOING GOOD DEEDS, WE’RE PLEASED TO INTRODUCE DAWN LISTON DELUCA. On an early Friday evening in late August, Dawn was driving down Oakland Drive when she noticed a woman walking who looked tired and sore. Without a second thought, Dawn offered the woman a ride and Jamie Lambert gratefully accepted.

On the short ride, Dawn learned that for two months, Jamie had been walking to and from Portage (15 miles each way) to her job at a beef processing plant in Plainwell for her 10 hour shift. Jamie ’s car wasn’t working but keeping her job was imperative in order to provide for her family. This meant that Jamie has to leave home at 1:30 a.m. to make it to work by 6:00 a.m.

Jamie shared that she’s had a hard life and that her family was homeless a year ago. Jamie vowed never to be homeless again so she walked to keep her job. Since their first meeting, Dawn has been giving Jamie daily rides to work. Dawn and Jamie became fast friends and enjoy their daily talks. Dawn is impressed by Jamie’s strength and determination to do right for her family. Dawn says that she gave a stranger a ride but she’s gained a wonderful friend for life.

Dawn works at WMU School of Medicine as Career Pathways Coordinator where she helps coordinate programs to expose underrepresented K-12 students to healthcare careers. A former choir teacher, Dawn is an amazing person who sees the good in all people. Her passion is to advocate for teachers and students from all walks of life and help them develop strong relationships. Dawn’s mission is to advocate and be a voice for others when needed. Dawn is married and has two children (6 and 9 years old) whom she’s teaching to be open and welcoming to all people and, above all else, to be kind. Dawn is presently running for the KVCC Board of Trustee position.

Dawn Liston DeLuca started a GoFundMe campaign for Jamie Lambert to raise funds for reliable transportation. $6,268 of the $12,000 has been raised. Zack Terrell at Ziegler worked hard to ensure Jamie got a reliable vehicle within her price range. She’s now the proud owner of a Chevy Impala. She thanks Dawn and all those who helped make this a reality! Future contributions will help Jamie’s family transition to an apartment of their own. Additional information can be found at www.gofundme.com/pajnzy-help-jamie-get-a-car.

PLEASE SEND US STORIES of our southwest Michigan neighbors displaying noteworthy acts of kindness. Local businesses wishing to donate gift cards for meals/services to thank our community super-heroes can contact Kindness does, indeed, have a ripple effect. Pass it on! us at editor@wlskazoo.com. To thank Dawn for her selfless acts of kindness, Women’s LifeStyle Magazine of Greater Kalamazoo is gifting her with a Speedway gift card.

Mary Beth Lyons is a writer and owner of A Single Ray of Hope LLC, A Personal Assistant & Concierge Service.Contact Mary Beth at marybeth@asinglerayofhope.com and on Facebook at fb.com/asinglerayofhope.

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