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the Past, Present, & Future of KDO

A 1959 Trip to the Governor's Mansion

October 14, 1959 proved to be a special day for the Ladies of the King’s Daughters Home. The ladies received, with much excitement, formal Invitations from the First Lady and Governor Stratton to come to the Governor’s Mansion for a luncheon celebration.

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Cathy Schwartz
Grants in Action: Sangamon Community Resources

 Sangamon Community Resources has been able to assist over 50 elderly customers so far this year with utility assistance. Customers 60 years and older who often do not qualify for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now can receive utility assistance.

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Jennifer Sylvia
Harriet J. Weeks Walker, First KDO President

In the 1800s and early 1900s Harriet J. Weeks Walker, also known as Mrs. E. S. Walker, first president of the King's Daughters Organization and her husband Reverend E. S. (Edwin Sawyer) Walker made immeasurable contributions to the King’ Daughters and the Springfield community- at- large.

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Jennifer Sylvia
KDO and Senior Services of Central Illinois

Senior Services of Central Illinois has been a KDO grant recipient for more than 10 years. These grants have supported crucial programs such as home delivered meals, assistance with utility, shelter & prescriptions, transportation, Illinois Senior Olympics and the development of the KDO fitness park. 

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Jennifer Sylvia
Mary E. Hansell original “lady” of the Grateful Daughters circle

One of the most wonderful things she did for us, KDO, as an organization, was the history which tells of the time through 1928.  Her account of history includes and tells us a story of the times up until then, the celebrations at Christmas, the gardens, the keeping of chickens and cows.  There were several stories of the matrons as well as the year by year growth of the endowment fund, and the executive board and advisory board members.

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Jennifer Sylvia
Fundraising 1920's Style

Imagine raising $50,000 in 1920 which in today's dollars(2018) is like raising $625,000.  In the 1920's a fundraising drive was held to raise money for a new addition to the Home. (The King’s Daughters’ Home for Women at this point)

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Jennifer Sylvia