Pleasant Meadow Manor hosts a sweet fundraiser

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents make crafts for a Nov. 30 bazaar.

Staff, residents prep for Norwood home’s annual bazaar

It’s the most “bazaar” time of the year for some OMNI Health Care homes.

From home-baked sweets to hand-made crafts, Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood is gearing up for its annual holiday bazaar on Nov. 30.

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident Anna Vanden Tillaart gets crafty.

“Residents have been baking all month and working on crafts,” says Chris Garden, life enrichment co-ordinator at Pleasant Meadow Manor.

The bazaar, which features the edible and crafty wares, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event typically draws between 50-100 community members and residents’ relatives combined. It’s the long-term care home’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Pleasant Meadow Manor usually raises about $1,000 for the home’s residents’ council fund. The money supports resident outings and activities.

Residents have been busy making squares, tarts, cupcakes and an assortment of cookies during the afternoon with life enrichment staff for a few hours twice a week. The baked goods span three six-foot-long tables and usually sell out each year.

“Everybody loves baking and everybody loves to eat. Most of the baking is done in-house by the residents.”

There’s also a small display for the crafts, which include knitted slippers, hats and scarves.

The bazaar features a 50-50 draw and both those attending the event and others who can’t are free to buy tickets. The lucky winner receives half of the money raised through the sales.

People can also purchase tickets for the prize table for a chance to win a tablet, giftware, bakeware and an assortment of other items.

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