Marshalltown residents may have been a little confused last week when they saw a man in a Santa costume who looked more than just Jeff Bridges as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski” in Downtown. town, but it was all for a good cause.
Dave Grieve, an MHS graduate in 1982 who now lives in central Kansas, was back in town for the weekend and teamed up with the Marshalltown Central Business District to kick off a fundraiser for new home decorations. Christmas to adorn the streets of the city center.
“It was actually my crazy idea. I always come back to Marshalltown because I love this little town,” Grieve said. last and i actually saw the damage that the tornado and derecho did in person. i was a bit shocked but it was really good to see all the work going on with all the people here. and i wanted to give it a try to give something back for our 40th meeting.
Grieve found an enthusiastic partner in MCBD manager Deb Millizer, and late Friday afternoon they were shooting a video highlighting the need for new decorations. The current ones are 20 years old and a link to donate can be found at marshalltownmainstreet.org.
The ultimate goal is to raise $20,000, and like Grieve said, if he wants to set such a big goal, might as well have fun doing it.
“When they told me it was that much money, I was like, ‘Oh my God, we better do something fun,'” he said.
With the help of MCBD board member Travis Hornberg and colleagues Peggy Hannam and Sara Robertson, Grieve spent time spreading Christmas cheer on a day when temperatures soared above 90 degrees.
“The reaction to seeing Santa in May has been phenomenal. Everyone is full of smiles and looking forward to Christmas. Everyone wants to have a good time in this town,” he said.
As Grieve demonstrated, it’s never too early to seize the spirit, and it’s always a good time to give back to a community that has given so much to so many.
“I just remember when I grew up in this little town, and it was so much fun. I made some great friends who I stayed friends with for the rest of my life,” Grieve said. Our goal is to try to let all the Bobcats who grew up here and moved out know that and help this little town rebuild.”
The MHS Class of 1982 is due to hold its 40-year class reunion next month.
Contact Robert Maharry at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or