Sandy Rogers was recognized recently as recipient of Ameren’s Community Lights honor. Rogers was selected as one of the five top winners in Ameren Missouri’s Community Lights program, an effort to shine the spotlight on local volunteerism and selflessness and reward those community bright spots with cash prizes. Ameren staff were on hand in Kirksville at the Helping Hands Mission to present Rogers with her certificate, which goes along with $2,500 to her favorite charity and $2,500 for herself. Rogers said she chose the Helping Hands Mission in downtown Kirksville because of her daily and longstanding connection to the thrift store and soup kitchen.
Rogers was slated to be honored at an Ameren Missouri event in St. Louis in late January but was caught in Kirksville in a winter storm. At Helping Hands, Rogers said her donation of $2,500 will run the thrift store and soup kitchen for about a month and a half, a big boon especially during the slower winter months.