Farewell from nurs­ing cen­ter aux­il­iary af­ter 47 years

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

It is with sad and heavy hearts that the mem­bers of the Calvert County Nurs­ing Cen­ter Aux­il­iary Inc. an­nounce the aux­il­iary will no longer ex­ist, ef­fec­tive June 16. We must dis­band due to de­clin­ing health and ag­ing is­sues for most mem­bers, com­pet­ing in­ter­ests and failed re­cruit­ment ef­forts. We are un­able to con­tinue the work needed to keep CCNCA ac­tive. Most im­por­tantly, we are sorry that we will not be able to re­main faith­ful to CCNCA’s mis­sion to aid, com­fort, ad­vo­cate for, raise funds for, spon­sor and oth­er­wise be friends of the res­i­dents.

We are grate­ful for the 47 years that CCNCA has been ac­tive. We have en­joyed the love and joy and many smiles on the faces of the nurs­ing cen­ter res­i­dents from what we have been able to do for them through these many years. Dur­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the res­i­dents, we have sponsored the Christ­mas Let’s Care Lun­cheon, pro­vid­ing them with gift bags with many gifts in­side for all the res­i­dents; held the Spring Game Day; had the Septem­ber Birth­day Party for all res­i­dents that had birth­days in Septem­ber, with gifts, bal­loons, cup­cakes and ice cream; and made dreams come true through our Make A Wish Pro­gram that granted 62 wishes to Calvert County Nurs­ing Cen­ter res­i­dents.

We have pur­chased 110 flat screen TVs for the res­i­dents’ rooms and a large 52-inch flat screen TV for the din­ing room as well as 40 DVDs. We have sup­plied ex­er­cise equip­ment, two pi­anos, out­door fur­ni­ture, a snow cone machine, a swing glider to ac­com­mo­date wheel­chairs, pouches for wheel­chairs and walk­ers, aprons and bibs, a large color printer for the ac­tiv­i­ties depart­ment and car­tridges, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment, a Touch & Play, Wii games, money to be used for bingo prizes, money to be used for the mis­cel­la­neous fund and many other items that ben­e­fited the lives of the res­i­dents of the nurs­ing cen­ter.

We wish to ex­press our sin­cere thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our many sup­port­ers over the years. Among them are Bev­erly Dil­lon, owner of Bev­erly’s Gifts and Flow­ers; the mem­bers of St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Prince Fred­er­ick who pre­pared the won­der­ful food for our Christ­mas Let’s Care Lun­cheons at the church; HELP As­so­ci­a­tion; Amer­i­can Legion Post 206; all the many lo­cal busi­nesses that gave gen­er­ous mone­tary do­na­tions; the staff at Calvert County Nurs­ing Cen­ter; and many other kind in­di­vid­u­als who were there for us through the years.

It has been our priv­i­lege and an honor to serve the res­i­dents of Calvert County Nurs­ing Cen­ter through­out the years, and they will al­ways re­main our spe­cial friends. We will keep them in our prayers.

Terri Justin, Prince Fred­er­ick The writer is pres­i­dent of the Calvert County Nurs­ing Cen­ter Aux­il­iary.

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