APPLETON – “The Dragonfly Project” is making a difference for people who are grieving, and a local group of volunteers is making sure the project gets the support it needs.
A room of volunteers is doing an act of kindness, for people they’ll most likely never meet.
In an assembly line, they are stuffing close to one thousand cards. Cards that contain a key chain and a message of hope.
“Typically, a card is out two to three months after somebody has lost somebody. And it really helps them with that grieving process and knowing somebody cares,” said Jennifer DuBruin, volunteer.
The cards are part of what’s known as “The Dragonfly Project.” They are sent, anonymously, and can be a comfort to those who are grieving. Jack Lechler, of Kiel, knows the feeling. He received a card two years ago, after his son died.
“To get this card, 30-60 days after… It sort of shows you that somebody really does care. And that makes a big difference because somebody did remember,” said Lechler.
He is now on the other side, donating his time to make the cards, send them, and spread awareness of the project.
“Hopefully more people can understand this is out there and it’s only happening due to volunteers,” said Lechler.
Volunteers like this group, from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, in Appleton.
“It’s nice because Thrivent gives you time to do volunteer work. This is just one of the options,” said Eileen Spoo, volunteer.
“It makes for a very positive work environment, and it just is a lot of good energy,” said Lisa Romanesko, volunteer.
For two hours, while these workers are volunteering, they’re also still on the clock.
“I think it’s great to be able to give back to the community. Try try to make a difference to others and just know that we’re helping other people who are out there who are grieving or in need,” said DuBruin.
“There’s people out there who are hurting, through the grieving process. And a lot of folks don’t have a lot of people to turn to. So getting a gift like that and the message that it sends is really important for those folks,” said Tom Sekeres, a volunteer.
“It’s nice to know that you’re helping in a situation that is unimaginable. And you feel like there’s nothing you can do to help. So if you can do a little something, then it makes you feel better,” said Spoo.
That’s the goal of “The Dragonfly Project.”
To provide some comfort, kindness, and most of all, to show that a loved one has not been forgotten.