Campbell House visited by Buckeyeman and Tressel look-alike (Audio & video included)
12/23/2013 5:48:22 PM
By Joel Penhorwood
Several local assisted living residents were greeted by two Ohio State fanatics Monday.
The “Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai and Jim Tressel look-alike Dennis Singleton visited the Campbell House in Bellefontaine Monday afternoon. The two OSU fans were on a mission to spread holiday cheer to residents.
Though the two are not official representatives of the university, they are some of the most recognizable Buckeye fans around, and nary miss a football game.
Lokai says the day was meant to spread some holiday spirit to people who may not have many friends or loved ones to share the season with.
The Buckeyeman, who is from Urbana and has been featured on several networks like CNN, spends about 100 days each year participating in some Ohio State-related activity. His duties include giving out buckeye nuts, something he has collected over a million of.
Lokai also gave out cards and small humorous gifts to residents to help brighten their day.
Singleton, of Huber Heights, is a Jim Tressel impersonator. Along with Lokai, he says he likes seeing the smiles on people’s faces and enjoys giving back to the community.
“People may forget what you say and people may forget what you do, but they never forget how you make them feel,” said Lokai. “As we leave this facility, the residents here feel good about our presence here today.”
Listen to “Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai and “Jim-poster” Dennis Singleton talk about giving back.
Ginger Kauffman works for the Campbell House and helped organize the event. She thinks it’s important to keep bringing cheer of all kind to the assisted living community, whether it be Christmas or football-related.
She added that some residents are alone this time of the year. Events like the Buckeye visit help to make Christmas more bearable and assist in getting them into the holiday attitude.
Ginger Kauffman of the Campbell House talks about the event.
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Watch Lokai giving presents to the elderly residents.