Hometown Heroes Use Lunch Time to Help Community

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 06/18 2014 08:27PM

Updated 06/24 2014 04:31PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A group of women who work for the Springfield Police Department also call themselves the “Lunch Bunch” and work to help out their community.

Cindy Leven is the office specialist at the Springfield Police Department. She's also a member of the Lunch Bunch.

“We kind of dubbed ourselves as the lunch group and it started out just as group of non-sworn employees of the police department getting together just to get to know each other a little bit better,” she says.

Once every other month, the group of 6 to 10 ladies from the office get together during their lunch break. Often times there is a theme, sometimes gag gifts. This month they were going to do a summer-fun theme.

“We saw in our Monday morning announcements that the city animal shelter actually needed some donations,” says Cindy. “Finding bedding and different things for the animals at the animal a shelter.”

So instead of the summer theme, they decided to help out the shelter.

The group of women cleaned out their closets and brought in old blankets and old towels, cat food, dog food, and a variety of things to donate. They also collected $85 to donate.

A spokesperson for the shelter says they were thrilled with Lunch Bunche’s donations and are always in need of more.

“My understanding is that one of the ladies had made some decorative flip flops and sold them and so they brought us some cash and some old towels and sheets that we're always in need of and also some dog food,” says Karen Prescott, with the Greene-County Health Department. “So we were very pleased.”

But the Lunch Bunch girls also do much more while not working.

“We kind of want to branch out and do a little bit more for the community,” Cindy says. “So we've got several little kind sub groups that get together and do various things. We like to do 5k runs.”

Many of the these ladies from the group are a part of the copsicles who took part in The Polar Bear Plunge in February to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

The ladies alone raised $2,000.

It all goes to show what can happen when co-workers become friends who decide to help out their community.

“Its amazing how something so small like a used blanket can help something and make a bigger difference someplace else,” says Cindy.

The Springfield Animal Shelter is always in need of more donations.

There's a page on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department website on how you can help the shelter.

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