Senior year in high school…a time when many students are self-absorbed with updating their Facebook status, ruling the twitter universe, and worrying about dates for the prom. At that age, life is theirs for the taking…the world is at their fingertips…at their disposal. After all, without mortgages, car notes, or a demanding 9 to 5, do they really have a care in the world? In most cases, most teenagers don’t look beyond the circumference of their blissful carefree existence. For most teenagers, it’s all about me…Me…ME! But, every once a while, when you least expect it, you come across a rare exception. I had the honor of meeting one of those rare exceptions…his name is Karl Leisch.
Karl Leisch, a senior at Hatboro Horsham High, reached out Impact Thrift to host a community collection drive at his church, St. Catherine of Siena, for his senior project. I agreed to be Karl’s mentor for the project, and from the very beginning, he was a pleasure to work with. He was always courteous, kind, considerate, personable, prompt, and followed through with every task.
Karl went above and beyond the normal efforts of promoting his collection drive by volunteering at the Montgomeryville store, creating a brochure and video (which he broadcasted at Hatboro High), canvasing the neighborhood with flyers, making church announcements and including his drive in the church newsletter. But what impressed me the most was that Karl organized the collection drive in loving memory of his late grandmother; who I’m sure would be very proud.
I have coordinated many collection drives and I must say that no one has ever filled the 12 foot Impact Thrift truck to its capacity with donations as Karl Leisch did. And when the truck began to overflow, he filled my car with donations as well! After the collection drive, Karl followed the Impact Thrift truck from the church in Horsham to the Feasterville store location, to help sort the donations, and prepare them to be sold.
I could go on and on about how phenomenal Karl Leisch is. But I will sum it up by saying, both personally and professionally, Karl is an absolute super hero. I attribute this to Karl because of his passion and ability to inspire others, his integrity and very clear set of values, his commitment to community, and his selflessness towards helping others who are in need. With Karl’s help, Impact Thrift has seen many lives changed for the better!
“A year and a half ago my grandmother passed after battling health complications for years. This shook up my entire world and left us feeling empty. My grandmother’s house was left full of furniture, household appliances and clothes. Not knowing what to do with this material, we looked for a place to donate. Impact reached out to my family and ensured that they would accept all that they could. With a place like Impact, families can understand that they do not need to throw away belongings. They can be donated and given a second life to someone that is in need.” ~Karl Leisch