Making a Difference: bringing spring cheer to seniors

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A UW-Oshkosh student is Making a Difference for some local senior citizens.

And Friday that included a spring time celebration.

Mark Trunk ushered several dozen residents of Appleton's Oneida Heights into a spring party Friday.

"Really give them a sense of community here. You know, sometimes they live with each other all the time and they don't get to meet everybody else out in the community. So we thought we could come to them and hopefully make some new friends today," Trunk told FOX 11.

Trunk is currently finishing his senior year at UW-Oshkosh studying business. He planned the party with music, refreshments and raffles as part of a class project.

"And the project is really meant to make a difference in your community," Trunk told us.

Trunk explained he wanted to focus on seniors, particularly these seniors in low income housing. He also reached out to area businesses for donations to create toiletry care packages for about 160 residents."

"Toothbrushes, dental floss, shaving cream, pretty much anything people use on a daily basis," said Trunk.

Residents told us they're thankful for Trunk's work.

"We're all appreciating it, I think, having a good time. We have a lot of people here that are disabled and maybe don't get out as much as they'd like. So it's a way for people to connect with one another," explained resident Stephen Olk.

Trunk fold FOX 11 he's learned a lot about what it takes to put a major project together and as an Appleton native Trunk said he's learned more about his hometown too.

"People in this community really care about others. The businesses are really great and they really got behind this project," he told us, showing there are others out there interested in Making a Difference too.

Trunk worked with the Appleton Housing Authority to pull his project together.

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