Hol­i­day Craft Show fundraiser at Free­dom Vil­lage Brandy­wine

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

COATESVILLE >> Open to the pub­lic, Free­dom Vil­lage at Brandy­wine will host a Hol­i­day Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Dec. 3, in their au­di­to­rium. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit LaMan­cha An­i­mal Res­cue.

The au­di­to­rium will be filled with ta­bles of hand­made and hand­crafted items made by vol­un­teers of nearby LaMan­cha An­i­mal Res­cue, which part­ners with Free­dom Vil­lage to bring their res­i­dent dogs into sev­eral units at the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity.

In­cluded in the of­fer­ings are hand­knit and cro­cheted items, horse­shoe metal art (wine racks, Christ­mas dé­cor, boot racks to name a few), hand­stitched blan­kets, dog and cat items, all sorts of hol­i­day decor, hand­made jew­elry, tote bags, gift bas­kets, cus­tom made tapestry ac­cent pil­lows, bird­feed­ers, etc. Over 60 items made by many dif­fer­ent ar­ti­sans will be avail­able at sug­gested do­na­tion amounts. There will also be a bake sale ta­ble full of home baked good­ies to kick up your en­ergy level while you are shop­ping.

LaMan­cha be­gan a pet ther­apy part­ner­ship with Free­dom Vil­lage Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in March 2015. At their re­quest, LaMan­cha es­tab­lished a pro­gram to bring res­i­dent dogs into the de­men­tia unit twice weekly. The pro­gram quickly be­came an over­whelm­ing suc­cess as the dogs gen­er­ally visit sev­eral units in their com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Mem­ory Care, which has ap­prox­i­mately 20 res­i­dents, the Skilled and Re­hab Units, which have ap­prox­i­mately 35 res­i­dents and As­sisted Liv­ing, where they usu­ally visit around 15 res­i­dents. The num­bers can be higher or lower de­pend­ing on the day. Free­dom Vil­lage man­age­ment re­ports “Not only do the res­i­dents LOVE the dogs vis­it­ing, but the fam­i­lies love to see these pro­grams in place, as well.” Event De­tails For more in­for­ma­tion, the me­dia can con­tact the event or­ga­nizer di­rect at laman­cha­hand­made@gmail.com.

Horse­shoe trees.

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