Gateway Church members wanted to do something for residents to keep spirits high during the pandemic
A local church recently donated five iPads to Country Terrace residents through its community outreach program, a kind gesture everyone at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home is grateful for, says life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson.
Country Terrace and Gateway Church have had a long-standing connection. As part of its Gateway Cares outreach program, the church recently contacted the home to offer support for residents and staff to help lift spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christie and Jesse MacMillan, one of the pastors at Gateway Church, had several conversations about ideas that would both thank staff members for their hard work during the pandemic and lift residents’ spirits.
In the end, it was decided the Gateway Cares team would donate five iPads to residents. The iPads are helping residents connect with family and friends as well as providing entertainment. Residents are also attending virtual church services by watching them on the iPads.
Each Country Terrace resident also received a personal letter from Gateway Church members and a small bag of treats.
Gateway Church also provided doughnuts, muffins and coffee for Country Terrace staff members on the day church members delivered the iPads.
Each staff member also received a Tim Hortons gift card to thank them for their hard work and service to residents.
With vaccination rates increasing and businesses and services opening up in Ontario, there are signs of light at the end of the tunnel.
However, the greater health-care sector is still working hard to keep people safe, and it needs to be remembered that the pandemic is not over, Christie says.
The timing of Gateway Church’s generosity is meaningful, she notes.
“As Jesse and I talked, we stated that we believe people forget we are still fighting this COVID battle,” Christie says.
“The staff are still making sacrifices to protect the residents, and it has taken a toll. (The church’s kind gesture shows) that people still care. It is truly a blessing.”
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