Leo Kellner loves helping others. It does it nearly everyday. And he does it in the sweetest way possible…literally!
It all started back in 1993, after his wife of 72 years had passed away due to dementia complications. Kellner didn’t know what to do with himself.
“I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was moaning and moping, and I said, “I’ve got to have something to do,’ and that’s how it started,” said Kellner.
He began to help others by doing something he knew how to do best. He began baking. The first year without his wife, he ended up making 144 pies for people in need.
He started reaching out to local funeral homes and organizations, and told them that he would like to connect with families having a hard time. He then would make up a storm during their time of need. Because everyone knows that sweets make everything better!
“I knew what it was to be poor, and a lot of times we just had eggs and flour mixed up together. So as long as I can do it, I will. A lot of people donate stuff to help; I bake,” stated Kellner.
And if anyone knows hardships, it is this fellow. He grew up living through the Great Depression, when his family had lost their farm. He went around from state to state looking for work as a young adolescent.
But now, he is getting to help others, and he is making quite the impact. He has even received thank-you cards from Alaska, where a family attended a funeral for which he had made a cake for.
But this gentleman does more than just bake cakes and pies for funerals. He also holds parties at his home and attends gatherings, always baking something sweet for everyone. He even taught some children to bake, so they will be able to spread love, just like him.
He found joy in baking for others, and making people’s day. It helped him not feel lonely, and we are so happy for him. We are so thankful he is doing so well, and we wish him many more baking years!
- Abbie Sensenig, GladWire.com