As you know, this past Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many people choose to spend the day volunteering, in an effort to honor his legacy of service. Here at River Pointe, both residents and staff believe in continuing that spirit of service. Senior Living Communities are home to the people that have made our communities possible, and each month, our residents find a way to continue giving back to the Fargo-Moorhead community. Our management team and other staff members do the same.
Over the holiday season the management team participated in Salvation Army bell ringing, Meals on Wheels, and delivering a steak dinner with all the fixings to the Dorothy Day House of Moorhead.
Resident Assistant and Bus Driver, Christine, volunteers frequently at her church.Over the autumn season she made centerpieces from greenery in her backyard for their Fall Pork Dinner, and hung these cool handmade cardstock stars from the ceiling.She has also taught our Riverton Suites residents how to make them. They were a beautiful decoration for Christmas.
In the month of December alone, residents helped sponsor Cookies with a Cop and Canned Food Bingo. Cookies with a Cop was a chance for River Pointe to show our appreciation to the first responders of Moorhead, who keep our community safe. Residents helped pack and distribute thank you bags, and also spent the day in the coffee shop thanking the first responders of Moorhead for their service. We had a great turn out and thank all of the staff and residents that made this event possible.
Canned Food Bingo was hosted by Lead Care Manager, Katie Jaster (LPN).For this game, residents brought a canned food item in exchange for a bingo card. Some residents that did not wish to play still donated, and a fun time was had by all. The canned food was later donated to the Dorothy Day Pantry in Moorhead.
This Friday (January 20th, 2017), we will be hosting a “Pigs in a Blanket” lunch to raise funds for Project Linus. After lunch, local chapter coordinator, Norene Baeth, will be here to explain the program in depth to our residents, and show them how to make easy to tie fleece blankets for needy children in our community. It is our hope residents will be interested in continuing this wonderful program all year round, and that we can secure the funding to do so.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for past and future opportunities to give back to our amazing community. We are very proud of the work we have done so far, but welcome ideas and volunteers to help us continue our spirit of service going forward.