LAWRENCE, Kan. — He’s in his 70′s, but young at heart, and now his thousands of hours of volunteering to help others stay young at heart are being recognized.
Don “Red Dog” Gardner is a Lawrence fixture and an inspiration too.
“That one I was proud of, and to be truthful, I even voted one time for myself,” said 75-year-old Gardner, who is the Kansas winner of the Home Instead Senior Care service award. “I’m just overwhelmed!”
Gardner is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work with Red Dog’s Dog Days, a free community fitness program for Lawrence residents.
“It helped kids get in better shape,” said Gardner. “What I used to always tell the kids, if I told them to do it, I could do it. Not anymore!”
TJ Everett, who has been participating in Dog Days since he was seven, admires Gardner.