Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has named Elsie Fruend, a resident of Breeze Park Senior Living in St. Charles, as a winner of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award. Lt. Governor Kinder presented the award on May 4 at a ceremony in the House Lounge of the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
Fruend is a member of the Breeze Park Crafters at Breeze Park Senior Living in St. Charles, where she and about six other women make quilts that are presented as gifts to children receiving care at the Ronald McDonald House. She was nominated by the crafters’ group, which noted the young patients quickly become attached to the quilts.
“They become so attached to this ‘security blanket’ that they want to take it home with them,” the nomination said. “Elsie makes this possible. Some of the little ones with big problems are there for years. They know their blanket by the feel of it.”
Kinder said Freund also makes crib quilts that she sells and uses the proceeds to help pay for supplies to make the quilts for the Ronald McDonald House kids.
“Over the past seven years, Elsie has been instrumental in producing more than 1,500 of these special quilts, which have become beloved security blankets for scared children facing dire health issues,” he said. “You have had a positive impact, and your unselfishness has touched countless people in your community.
“You embody the spirit of the ‘good and faithful servant’ taught by our Lord in the parable of the talents – using your energy and talents and devotion to make a difference in your communities,” Kinder added. “This award is one small way our state can join them in saying, ‘thank you!’”
Breeze Park is a senior living community operated by Lutheran Senior Services. Lutheran Senior Services is a mission-driven, not-for-profit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults 62+. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 9,000 seniors a year through options that include Senior Living Communities offering all levels of care, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services. LSS builds upon 155+ years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.