Peabody, MA – When Sandy Kozlen moved to Brooksby Village with his wife Phyllis from CA, he realized he had dozens of ties he wasn't wearing anymore. After spending years working in the computer industry he had collected quite a few. Once he noticed the over 200 students wearing ties in the many restaurants at Brooksby Village, he thought why not donate them to the student employees.
"I moved here with 30+ ties and really didn't need them anymore," said Kozlen. "Back in CA I was involved with the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael in California and worked with many teen groups. The Kiwanis experience teaches us to be aware of opportunities to serve our community and especially youth. When I moved to Brooksby I was beyond impressed with the students who work here and what they are learning here. The hands on experience, people skills and work ethics they are learning and demonstrate here on a daily basis is fantastic. I wanted to do something to express my appreciation for the service they give and thought, why not donate my ties."
Kozlen first donated 30 of his own ties to the students. Then his own Kiwanis in Carmichael, CA had a Retire Your Tie party and collected another 125 ties.
He then again reached out to his friends back at the Kiwanis of Carmichael and asked if they could give him more help. Not only did his own Kiwanis Club send ties to him but 13 other clubs in their division did too!
"I thought it would be a fun incentive if I had a little contest," said Kozlen. "Never did I imagine that more than 1200 ties would be sent my way. The winning club donated more than 250. I am just so happy I have been able to give something back to the students who make us smile every night at dinner."
"The students are loving the ties donated by Mr. Kozlen and his Kiwanis friends," said Maureen Rose, General Manager, Brooksby Village. "The students are allowed to wear any tie they want with their uniform so many are now looking at the ones he has donated and if anyone forgets one, they are covered now. Not only have we sent three giant thank you cards out to the folks in CA but we thank Mr. Kozlen every day. The students are honored to wear the ties."
Brooksby Village is a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 90 acre campus is located in Peabody, MA and is home to more than 1700 residents.