True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
– Arthur Ashe
Green Beans for Gail!
Gail Oenbring liked the idea of Costco supporting Higher Hopes! She made sure Costco donated in 2014 and wanted to play a larger part with a significant contribution for 2015! She told me after my visit after Thanksgiving 2014 to get in to see her in April of the following year. She was delighted to see what our Higher Hopes! Heroes accomplished. One of Gail’s responsibilities as a team member at the Commerce Township, Michigan Costco Warehouse Store was managing the funding for community contributions.
Following Gail’s instructions, on Tuesday April 7th, 2015 a call was made to her to let her know I wanted to stop by to tell her about Higher Hopes! plans for 2015. My call was directed to Narquita Steanhouse, the warehouse store manager who sadly told me that Gail Ann Oenbring-Kincannon, Age 57, passed away that previous Friday, April 3rd, 2015.
I stopped by the store later that day and talked to Narquita about Gail and how helpful she was. Gail was always excited to talk to me and see me when I visited the warehouse store on most Saturday mornings. Gail always had a big smile on her face when she’d see me and always asked me for Higher Hopes! updates. Her loss left a hole in the hearts of her Costco family so Narquita took the lead and decided to honor her memory by organizing a Warehouse Team Member drive to buy 1,000 #10 size cans of Del Monte Green Beans for the Thanksgiving pass out! Last year’s campaign was so successful that the Commerce, MI Costco team has decided to do it again for 2016! Above, you will see a picture of the Costco team from last year all dressed in green to honor the memory of Gail, an original Higher Hopes! Hero. Gail has been and will continue to be missed by the Higher Hopes! family, and the Costco team of compassionate people who have helped us in a HUGE way with Green Beans For Gail!
Thank you Costco Commerce, Michigan Team Members!!!!!