Springdale community connection ensures gifts for all

Springdale Country Manor LEC Sonia Murney (centre) is seen here with representatives from the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild. The guild donated Christmas gift bags to each of the home’s 68 residents this year.

Springdale Country Manor LEC Sonia Murney (centre) is seen here with representatives from the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild. The guild donated Christmas gift bags to each of the home’s 68 residents this year.

68 residents will receive gifts, thanks to local sewing guild

All 68 Springdale Country Manor residents will receive a Christmas gift this year, thanks to a community group that reached out to the Peterborough County long-term care home.

The Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild selects an organization to donate gift bags to every holiday season. Last spring, members chose Springdale Country Manor.

The group’s members made up 68 gift bags containing a variety of small items such as candy canes, chocolates, toothbrushes, soap and change purses, as well as quilts and lap blankets.

On Dec. 4, Sonia Murney, Springdale Country Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), attended the guild’s annual Christmas meeting and brunch to meet with members and receive the residents’ gifts.

Many residents living in long-term care homes don’t have family members or friends living nearby to exchange gifts with during the holiday season.  A home’s annual budget is often stretched in December, so outside help is always welcomed, Murney says.

“It’s organizations like the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild that make this time of year extra special for the residents in need,” she says, adding the home is grateful to the guild members for their thoughtfulness.

Residents will receive their gifts on Christmas Eve during the home’s “night before Christmas” program in front of the home’s fireplace.

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