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Ben's Bells Bellee: Fran Koukal

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 15:25:15-04

Meet Fran Koukal this week's Ben's Bells Bellee! Fran was nominated by Ruth Biedermann for her dedicated volunteerism at the United Nation Association Center. She began volunteering at the store in 2005 helping to raise funds for UNICEF. Her first assignment was to assist customers with their shopping needs. Her smile and friendly personality was a big hit with customers. They felt at ease and comfortable browsing and shopping. One of Fran's major contributions to the UNA Center came in the gift-wrapping area. She noticed that jewelry gift purchases were not wrapped in any special way. Therefore, she began sewing small drawstring gift bags to offer jewelry customers. Fran bought fabrics and accepted donated fabrics from other volunteers, for this endeavor. The bags are well constructed and come in a variety of colors and patterns. The customer gets to select the bag of their choice for their purchase. So far this year Fran, at age 92, has created 1,068 gift bags! Fran's support of the United Nations Association of Southern Arizona Center’s dedication to the UNICEF cause is exemplary!