ELIDA — The Elida Middle School “Good Vibes Club” helped prepare care packages for residents of Shawnee Manor Nursing Home on Monday.
Isabelle Gibson, an eighth-grader at Elida Middle School, was glad to help out.
“I really love it because I know my great-grandma was in a nursing home, and I know that she would love it too,” Gibson said.
The idea for the care packages came from McKenna Waldroup, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Elida schools.
“My family and I decided we wanted to do something positive for the community with COVID, and especially those that are affected in the nursing home. So we kind of had the idea to put together a little care package. Each package will have a candy cane, fuzzy socks, a Christmas card, and then some foot lotion,” Waldroup said.
Members of the Good Vibes Club provided the labor for the care packages.
Seniors in nursing homes tend to look forward to this time of the year.
“Always around the holidays, people kind of want to reach out to those in need, whether it’s in a nursing home or homeless shelters,” Waldroup said. “I think it really stuck out to us this year with COVID and the lockdown. The one thing that a lot of people in the nursing homes look forward to is getting a visit.This is just something that we thought we could do to bring a little bit of brightness to their day.”
She credits a push on social media to help purchase the items.
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