‘I don’t know many nine-year-olds who have this type of initiative and this type of passion for bringing hope, purpose and belonging to long-term care residents’
It’s not every day you see a nine-year-old going the extra mile to bring cheer to long-term-care home residents, but Devon Tilk isn’t your average nine-year-old.
Devon and her mother recently dropped off Valentine’s Day gifts for each of Streamway Villa’s 59 residents.
These gifts included adult colouring books, pencil-crayon cases, suncatchers, manicure kits, chocolates and Valentine’s candy. Devon bought the gifts by raising money.
Devon is training for her black belt in taekwondo, and there is charity work involved in the process. With the encouragement of her grandmother, who gave her the suggestion, Devon chose to do her charity work with a long-term care home.
This wasn’t the first time Devon has brought her generosity to the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents.
In December she dropped off 59 stockings stuffed with gifts for residents to open Christmas morning.
Residents and team members at Streamway Villa are over the moon with the kindness Devon has shown, says Streamway life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty.
“I don’t know many nine-year-olds who have this type of initiative and this type of passion for bringing hope, purpose and belonging to long-term care residents,” Christina says.
“It speaks volumes. I told Devon that if she ever needs a letter of recommendation or any kind of reference, I will speak very highly of her.”
In an interview with The OMNIway, Devon says she has enjoyed being able to make such a difference to Streamway Villa residents.
“I was so happy with the idea and I couldn’t wait to do it, but I was also happy that I could make other people happy,” Devon says.
“But I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family and friends.”
Devon’s mother, Cassondra Daigle, says one word comes to mind that sums up her feelings about what her daughter has done for Streamway Villa residents – “proud”.
“I’m very proud – that’s the best word I can think of,” Cassondra says. “She really makes me a proud mom. She’s so caring.”
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