After a successful canned food drive for local charities in February, residents of the Thomson Manor Nursing Home are playing host to a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Activities Director Tamicka Franklin said the nursing home residents will be more involved in community projects this year.
Ms. Franklin said the drive in February benefited Manna and Agape in Thomson. The Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser will last through July and August, then they will start promoting breast cancer awareness and Samaritan's Purse in the fall.
"It's a good thing to help somebody," resident Geraldine Meadows said.
Twelve residents have partnered with 12 Thomson Manor associates to solicit donations for research on cystic fibrosis. Ms. Franklin said the couples are divided into two teams - the red team and the blue team - that are competing to raise the most funds. Donations can be made by purchasing a pin-up paper doll in honor or in memory of a loved one.
"And they are one dollar a piece, and we write your name on them and display them on our exit doors," Ms. Franklin said.
Businesses are needed to sponsor a resident by promoting the dolls at their location or by making a donation.
"We're just trying to do more community projects here at the nursing home," Ms. Franklin said. "And get the community involved, also."
Even though the fundraiser just began in July, the nursing home has already received donations for and pinned up 350 dolls, according to Ms. Franklin.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.
"My friend has cystic fibrosis and his brother passed away from it, so I'm glad to help," said Thomson Manor resident Dana Taylor.
The resident/staff couples who are participating in the project are: Henry Settles/Sheree Johnson, Ollie Hughes/Glenis Dorsey, Annie Norris/Diane Norris, Emma Beard/Lula Burnette, Margaret Baughman/Sheaco Young, Geraldine Meadows/Kay Holbert, Mary Waller/Andrea Hartley, Mary Samuels/Shonda Huff, Harry Curry/Beth Malone, Barbara Montgomery/Angela Markley, Mary Brown/Kesia Ivey and Arthur Samuels/Stephanie Charles.
For more information, or to participate, call Ms. Franklin at 706-595-5574.