I FEEL LIKE EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HAVE THAT MOMENT IN THEIR LIFE WHERE SOMETHING YOU DID, NOT SOMETHING YOUR KID DID, MADE YOU SO PROUD IT MADE YOUR CHEST TIGHT. AND THAT’S THAT PRIDE THAT COMES FROM SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY.
Kassie lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, and was nominated by Shaun. Kassie works 9-5 as a property manager, plus she’s a volunteer firefighter, and she still finds time to tend to her small business refinishing furniture. Shaun says, “When the facility ‘Dress for Success’ burned down in OKC, a facility that assists women getting back into the workforce with everything from clothes, shoes, and training on how to interview for a job, she was quick to offer custom furniture pieces to go into the rebuilt facility to house the new clothing donations. She also has worked alongside her stepson Riley, working in the community to raise donations quarterly for ‘Positive Tomorrows,’ Oklahoma’s only school that serves homeless children. She has helped him procure donations of new and nearly new clothing, musical instruments, and other items to ensure no one goes without! Her leadership has helped him become the first Oklahoman ever to win the ‘Children have the power to Empower’ Humanitarian award.”
Kassie is a role model for those eager to embark on the road less traveled. She loves the glances of young girls who are inspired and encouraged when they see her in her firefighting gear. Plus, through an ongoing program in her furniture business, “she teaches people in the community how to refurbish furniture as well, passing on the unique art, and empowering others, especially women, to start new careers, do woodworking projects in the home, and feel the empowerment of being able to do things on their own.”
“I feel like everybody needs to have that moment in their life where something you did, not something your kid did, made you so proud it made your chest tight. And that’s that pride that comes from serving your community,” Kassie says.