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    La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- Kari Tikal, the December winner of the Jefferson Award found a journal at Harvest Lane Treasures. The young woman dates her entry 2006. She says she doesn't deserveMore >>
    La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- Kari Tikal, the December winner of the Jefferson Award found a journal at Harvest Lane Treasures. The young woman dates her entry 2006. She says she doesn't deserveMore >>

La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ------ This month's Jefferson Award Winner is Kari Tikal.

Her story is anything but glamorous. Many years ago, she was down and out of money, a place to stay, but mostly hope. And if you're wondering what changed? She says it was being able to volunteer at a thrift store owned by her church.

You wouldn't know it but the little thrift store is ground zero for good deeds. "I don't walk away from anyone who needs my help.  People started asking me for things just one thing after another now I'm busy full time taking care of people in need."

Kari said helping others was her cure for depression. "Doing something for another person actually makes you get out of bed and I think it was the fact that somebody appreciated me because she's been there herself she has a gift of seeing what people need and often it's nothing more than just caring conversation.

And then I say "You really need a new jacket.  What size do you wear? Or I ask them what they need and I tell them that they can trust me with anything it's here at the store where Kari gets to meet people but on one and help them in special ways I have an elderly lady and her feet got all swollen at one time and she was looking for clogs and I didn't have any and so the next day, magically, three pairs show up."

Winter time is obviously the worst time if you're living on the street.  That's why Kari goes everyday to the warming center. Back in the summer Kari got a troubling tip. "I knew there were people sleeping out there in the woods and it just so happened that I had a guide that night so we dropped off blankets anywhere people were sleeping."

She knows people so well that when stuff comes in the store she quickly knows who needs what. "So I'll go through a bag of clothes and say, ok this is nice and clean, and there's a little boy that's staying over at the Salvation Army that needs a jacket so I'm going to give it to him."  

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