Community pitches in to ensure a happy Halloween at Burnbrae Gardens

11-year-old boy among those who made a donation

Community members from across Northumberland County pitched in to help ensure Burnbrae Gardens residents have a happy Halloween.

One of those who made a donation to the Campbellford long-term care home was 11-year-old Hayden Marlatt. His parents, Dave and Sherry, brought Hayden to Burnbrae Gardens on Oct. 9 to drop off 15 pumpkins for residents to decorate.

“Hayden loves to help in the community, and he wanted to make our residents’ Halloween special,” Lauren Farnham, a life enrichment aide at Burnbrae Gardens, tells The OMNIway.

Hayden knew the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for residents so he wanted to do something to “brighten their spirits,” Lauren adds.

In addition to Hayden’s donation, three people from across Northumberland County donated money to help buy supplies to decorate the pumpkins.

Matthew Steven and Colleen C., both of Brighton, and Sarah Lord of Wooler donated money to buy the supplies.

In fact, Sarah’s grandmother was a resident of Burnbrae Gardens more than 10 years ago. She hopes to become a volunteer once pandemic protocols permit her to join the volunteer team, says Burnbrae Gardens administrator April Faux.

Residents got busy decorating the pumpkins. Some were given faces, while others were painted. There are decorated pumpkins on display inside and outside of the home.

“The residents really enjoyed doing the decorations,” Lauren says.

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