From left, Peter Norback with Carl, Luke, Patricia and Maria Maes (with Ben's Bell) and Julia Toews and Kylie Walzak.


The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Miller's Surplus sales manager George Landa, who supports the Primavera Foundation.

He was nominated by Primavera's volunteer supervisor, Jenny Cowen, and others at the nonprofit who said Landa has donated thousands of dollars worth of new clothing to Primavera's men's shelter and work boots for participants in the Primavera Works program, which provides participants with temporary work while they find permanent employment.

"Primavera doesn't have funding to purchase these boots, so the donations are very much needed," Cowen wrote in her nomination. "The workers are always very appreciative of the boots, and it's great to see how such a simple thing can make a huge difference in a person's life."

Landa said he inherited his altruism from his 85-year-old mother, who hands out coats and thermals each winter to those in need and collects clothing from her friends and members of her church to donate to the poor in Mexico, where she grew up.

"I think it's in my DNA," Landa said. "Primavera is great. People need second chances in life."

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at or 573-4191.