SPRINGVILLE — The Christian Youth Corps of Delevan turns out to help people in need, locally and around the country, on a regular basis. The Trading Post Community Care Center in Springville feeds hungry families, every day. And other community organizations hold food drives, clean-up days and other efforts, all year long. But in the “Remembering Lisa’s Smile” project, the greater Springville community is working to help one of its own.
This May, the CYC, the Trading Post, the village of Springville, Springville Crossings Church, Fellowship Hill Ministries, the First Presbyterian Church of Springville, the Springville-Griffith Institute School District and a host of other community groups are all banding together to fix up the family home of the late Lisa Morazzini-Holler, who died March 10 of this year, leaving behind her husband, five children and a house in dire need of repairs, according to Trading Post CEO Linette Crelly.
The family had moved into Morazzini-Holler’s father’s house to help care for him, but when he died last year, their attention turned to cleaning up his home, which had accumulated the detritus of his tendency to collect belongings. When Morazzini-Holler was diagnosed with cancer in January, that effort was put on hold.
Morazzini-Holler left behind five children: Caitlin, 15; Joshua, 14; Abigail, 7; Benjamin, 5, and Christopher, who turned 4 on the day of his mother’s funeral. The next day, Child Protective Services removed the children from the home, deeming it unsafe for habitation.
The family is now living in temporary housing and is working with the Family Resource Center at S-GI to, as Crelly put it, “hit the reset button,” after their mother’s passing. To help them move on, a coalition of Springville volunteer groups are moving in to help the family make what Crelly called “a fresh start.
“Lisa was a much-loved and dedicated volunteer at our Trading Post Outreach ... Now it is our time to give back to her family.”
A team of volunteers will descend on the house on May 3 to help fix it up and get the family back on its feet, but Crelly said that first, the group is seeking both donations and volunteers to join the effort.
“This is going to have a huge community impact,” Crelly explained. “We want to focus a shining light on this town’s high level of volunteerism.”
To raise funds for “Remembering Lisa’s Smile,” a chicken barbecue will be held on April 25, 4-8 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church of Springville. Krolick’s BBQ is providing the meal, and there will also be a bake sale and basket raffle, according to Crelly.
Interested volunteers or anyone wishing to make a donation can call Pete Andrews, director of the CYC, at 560-8295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Trading Post at 592-4455 or email@example.com