Volunteers put store’s tools to good use

DeKALB – The volunteers with the Craftsman “Make a Difference” tour did not let an auto accident in Minnesota deter them from completing their community service project at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center last Thursday.

“The truck is OK, but the trailer was destroyed,” said Eric Nowaczyk, district manager for Sears’ Rockford district. The trailer had been filled with Craftsman tools volunteers were supposed to use to build a bike rack at the assisted living center. Organizers didn’t want to cancel the event, so they brought tools from the DeKalb Hometown Sears store instead.

About a dozen employees of the local store and Sears corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates built the bike rack under the supervision of local store manager Brandon Protano.

The event was the second-to-last community service project in a tour of 20 cities across the United States.

Lindsey Kallenberger, activity director at Pine Acres, said the bike rack will be used by volunteers, employees and visitors at the center.

“These guys have been traveling all around all summer and we had the chance to pick a project,” Protano said. “We looked around at a few different venues, and this is the the one that seemed to work for us.”

Community service projects give store associates hands-on opportunities to use and learn about the tools sold in the store, Protano said. After the bike rack was completed, the volunteers returned to the store at 2359 Sycamore Road in DeKalb to demonstrate tools for the public and prepare for a grand opening celebration.

“I just think it’s great that they are giving back to the community and they are excited about it,” Kallenberger said.

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