Residents at Thomson Manor Nursing Home congregated in their dining room last week, decked out in straw cowboy hats and colorful bandanas for a western sock hop. Before the music started, Administrator Andrea Hartley told the residents they had another reason to celebrate.
Ms. Hartley read a letter from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and passed out certificates and t-shirts to the 24 residents and associates who partnered to solicit donations for research on cystic fibrosis.
"For us to collect $850 for an outside agency is a wonderful thing, just wonderful," she said to the residents.
Earlier this year, the nursing home residents started working on projects that would help the less fortunate in the community. Their latest enterprise was a summer fundraiser for cystic fibrosis. Twelve residents partnered with 12 Thomson Manor associates to solicit donations by purchasing a pin-up paper doll in honor, or in memory of, a loved one.
"The money that you contributed will be put to work immediately in our research centers throughout the country," Yvonne Vail of the CFF said in the letter. "On behalf of all of the parents, researchers and members of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation family, we thank you for your help in this important fight."
The nursing home received other thank you letters, too, according to Ms. Hartley. Two employees who work in the nursing home's corporate office have children who suffer from cystic fibrosis. When they saw on the internet that Thomson Manor had raised $850, they emailed letters expressing how much the residents' involvement meant to them.
The resident/associate couples who participated in the fundraising event 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.
The next projects the residents will raise funds for are breast cancer awareness and Samaritan's Purse. Businesses or individuals who would like to help may call Thomson Manor Activities Director Tamicka Franklin at 706-595-5574.