Lori Reist has an amazing heart and seemingly boundless energy.
The mother of five children, ages nine and under, Reist is also a day home provider who goes above and beyond.
Together with her husband Mike, Reist runs a program that allows local high school grads who can’t afford outfits for their special day to dress in style.
Last year, they raised $7,500 to help 16 young men buy suits and accessories to attend grad. Airdrie’s three public high schools also received $1,000 each to help needy students purchase tickets to grad.
The couple expanded their program by collecting used grad gowns to help out girls in need.
“There are a lot more students than the average person might realize who are couch surfing or having to help their parents with expenses,” says Reist. “It takes a village.”
Besides this program, Reist also helps out kids in her day home and has the biggest heart possible, says Sarah Courneya, a client.
“She always thinks of others. This woman is my hero,” she says.