Darien resident gives to those who need it most
Oct 14, 2015 10:07AM
By Katelyn Nelson
Krishan and the Darien Lions Club helped make sure everyone found lots of eggs at this year's Easter egg hunt in Darien Community Park.
Krishan “Kris” Sant moved to Darien in 1969. The location was perfect to shorten his commute to work and allow him more time with his family. He grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, then British India. In 1947, when Pakistan and India split, Sant and his family migrated to India. In 1953, they moved to the Philippines and after three months, his father died. Sant began to work full time at a department store to support his family and worked his way up to the Director of Marketing and Import and Export. He worked 10 hour days, while earning a BA degree, majoring in business. In 1959, he was accepted to the Milwaukee School of Engineering and moved to the United States to obtain his BSc in engineering and later an MBA.
“You have to do something when you can do something,” shared Sant, when describing why he helps others in need. First and foremost, he always has provided for his family. Once his children were older he had more time to give to others who need it in Darien and the community. He believes that when giving back, it’s important to give to people who need it most, who truly cannot make ends meet. In 1971, he helped form the Lions Club in Darien. That same year he also took part in forming the West Suburban India Society which served as a cultural center for both Pakistani and Indian cultures. The organization merged with the American Midwest Indian Association, which still exists today.
Recently, Sant has been involved with People’s Resource Center doing food pickups at different locations several times a week. He drives his van to different grocery stores to gather donations and bring them back to the center. Additionally, Sant has remained involved in the Darien School District for several years. He currently serves as treasurer of the Darien District 61 Educational Foundation. There he helps raise money for the foundation through various events. They then provide grants to support programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of education for students in the district. Sant previously volunteered helping students with their studies at school. He particularly enjoyed working with 2nd graders. “It’s fun to work with [them],” exclaimed Sant.
Kris Sant always remained busy supporting his family and giving back to his community locally and across the globe. An active member in the community, Sant continues to seek out new ways he can help those who need it most. We think Kris Sant is definitely “Someone You Should Know” in Darien.