The Knox City Council this week honored this year’s Unsung Hero, celebrating the recipient’s dedication to the community through random acts of kindness. Mayor Rick Chambers presented the award to Linda Lewandowski, who was nominated by Patty Lawson for her work to improve the community in a variety of ways.
According to the nomination letter written to Chambers by Lawson, Lewandowski is not only the director of Kid’s Closet Ministry, an organization run out of the north Judson Methodist Church to give needy families gently used clothing, but she also organized an event to give backpacks for the start of school to families. The event gave more than 100 backpacks to families in need.
Besides that work, she has also taught different age groups the art of liturgical dance at the church, and the group performed at the Bella Vita fundraisers, the North Judson Mint Festival and the annual Christmas Eve service at the church. As if that weren’t enough, Lewandowski also runs Cool Christian Kids, a ministry that teaches songs to children for them to perform during services at the church, and she is also the office manager at Norwayne Lumber.
Lewandowski was honored prior to the regular council meeting last night, a surprise to those attending the meeting and was given a t-shirt and her name added to the plaque dedicated to the award’s recipients.