In August 2017, residents and associates at Life Care Center of Orange Park, Florida, were engaged in two large community fundraisers for local needs.
Their first event was a bake sale on Aug. 4 to raise money to support Orange Park Elementary School.
“Generally, every year we do a bake sale for the community clothes closet but decided this year to take it to a local school that was in need of supplies for both the students and the teachers,” said Kathleen Durham, activity director.
While associates from the activities department and business office baked cookies, bundt cakes, brownies, cupcakes and candies out of their own funds, two residents helped collect the money from the sale of these goodies, Betty Miller, president of the Resident Council, and Darrell Hammett, vice president.
“I enjoy helping to collect the moneys and seeing that the people who we donate to are so appreciative of what our staff has done for the organization or person in need,” said Miller.
The bake sale raised $300, and associates delivered the donation to Orange Park Elementary on Aug. 11.
“They were overjoyed and thankful that a local health care facility would do such a good deed,” said Durham.
Not long afterward, residents and associates again jumped in to help when Charlene Ennis, marketing director at Life Care Center at Wells Crossing, in Orange Park, lost her home to a fire. The loss was especially hard for her because of her handicapped son.
The activities team organized another bake sale, which took place on Aug. 16, to help Ennis take care of necessities while her home is being restored. Associates from the business office and dietary, nursing, marketing and activities departments made the goodies. The event raised another $300, and Miller again sat at the table to sell the treats.
“I love the fact that another Life Care facility would help me in my time of need,” said Ennis.
“Our activities team is the best I’ve ever seen,” said Margery Flannagan, business development director for both Orange Park facilities. “They get the residents involved in the community in ways that are amazing.”