The 2012 holidays found Dave and Carole Webster writing their annual Christmas newsletter with slightly heavy hearts. Along with some cheer, the Websters’ letter also told friends and relatives a donation in their names was being sent to help families of the 26 victims in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary earlier that month.

“Then we did a Google search to see what we could do locally, and that’s when we first saw (then) Grandparents Against Gun Violence,” Carole remembered. But the 50 hours a week she worked at Tension Envelope as an administrative assistant and the equally long hours Dave spent in restaurant management left little time for volunteering.

Then in 2021, both retired. “Working as hard as we had, we were used to being really busy,” Dave said. “We wanted to find something we could do together where we felt like we were accomplishing something.” They remembered their earlier Google search, joined Grandparents for Gun Safety online and volunteered to help with advocacy efforts. That same day, the chair of the advocacy committee responded, then came membership asking for help and later Lock It For Love, too. In March, the Websters were named Volunteers of the Quarter. “The people we volunteer with are all great, and the cause is one we both believe in,” Carole said. “GGS has been a perfect fit for us.”

Living in Independence, the Websters also volunteer with the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. They help maintain a stretch of the walking and bike path along the 15-mile long Little Blue River Trace Trail. They have a son who lives in southern California and a granddaughter who recently graduated from nursing school.