Farewell from nursing center auxiliary after 47 years
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.