A lot can happen in four years.


Melodie Chrisman, who has championed many Blue Springs causes through the years, said her private efforts to collect money and supplies for the Blue Springs Community Services League has surprised even her.

A lot can happen in four years.


Melodie Chrisman, who has championed many Blue Springs causes through the years, said her private efforts to collect money and supplies for the Blue Springs Community Services League has surprised even her.


“I started collecting food for CSL four years ago with a tub on my front porch and at work for people to donate non-perishable items, and I would probably get 10 bags a year,” she said.


“Not much, right?”


Well, small leaks can turn into a flood. When she met Donnie Cosentino while they were enrolled in the Citizens Police Academy, she asked him for four hours a month at one of his stores.


“I didn’t want to interfere with their support of Harvesters,” she said. “So he agreed, and now I go once a month for three to four hours with barrels from CSL.”


Barrels and homemade signs and grocery lists of dollar items, which she gives to customers as they enter. What is collected is delivered to CSL that day.


“I started this because I believe in CSL, but also because it’s not the indigent any longer who’s affected – it’s also our neighbors and friends,” she said.


Chrisman and supporters will be at Blue Springs Price Chopper North, 1305 N.W. Missouri 7, today from 9 a.m. to noon.


Chrisman has held a couple of these events since last year, and an official from CSL told her that her last two collections provided half the need for the city.


“Pretty awesome,” Chrisman said, adding that they are preparing for next year’s school year by adding school supplies to the list. She said the need for backpacks and general supplies  is significant.


“Who knew that getting to the source of what I needed to help (CSL and the city) would make such a huge difference from a few bags to four truckloads?”