Feb. 27, 2019 — Oregon Dunes Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented 10-year-old Emma Meier a Community Service Award on Feb. 22 at the DAR regular monthly meeting.
After seeing an article in the Siuslaw News about Meier’s project of organizing Siuslaw Elementary Kindness Club students to clean headstones at Deadwood Cemetery, letters of recommendation were requested from Kindness Club founder, Kaylee Graham; current club leader, Shannon Graham; and Carrie McNeill, Kindness Club Volunteer.
Meier’s work in organizing other students for this heartfelt endeavor certainly meets one of DAR’s main goals of historic preservation.
Criteria for approval by the National Society DAR states, “The individual or organization must have contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service or by organizing or participating in community activities.”
Meier’s kindness was evident when she said, “I didn’t want the people to be forgotten.”
Along with the letters, a copy of the Siuslaw News article was submitted with the application to the DAR Community Service Award State Chair for approval.
The safest product to clean headstones is very pricey and not available locally. Six gallons cost nearly $500, plus $120 for shipping. Meier sold cupcakes and Kindness Club bracelets to raise $600 and begin the project. This was enough to clean 40 headstones, many of which marked veterans’ graves. DAR chapter members contributed $445 to help with Meier’s plans to clean more headstones.
To make donations or offer support for the headstone cleanup project, contact Kindness Club Coordinator Shannon Graham at [email protected]