“Loads of Love” project helps families meet a basic need during trying times

RAPID CITY, S.D. — “Loads of Love” for those in need were dropped off on Thursday at the Youth and Family Services’ Head Start facility.

Kelsey Sakos of Rapid City applied to be a member of the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute last spring. Part of the application process is to submit a community service proposal, and once Kelsey was accepted, she immediately went to work on her program.

However, due to COVID, what started as an idea for a pop-up pre-school with laundry services evolved into care packages for the families served by YFS.

The Valentine’s Day-decorated baskets came with laundry detergent, gift cards good at the Parkway Laundromat, pre-school items for the kids, and naturally, some Valentine’s goodies.

“It was really just a care package in a time when COVID has a lot of struggles in our community and our nation and just an act of kindness,” Sakos said.

Sakos hopes the items help the families meet a basic need and brings them some happiness during trying times, with thanks to the Parkway Laundromat and everyone who helped make the program possible.

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