Once you reach a certain age, you may no longer have a Valentine. That’s why students at Michigan Avenue Elementary are putting a little love into the hearts of Life Care residents by assembling …
Once you reach a certain age, you may no longer have a Valentine.
That’s why students at Michigan Avenue Elementary are putting a little love into the hearts of Life Care residents by assembling and handing out Valentine socks.
Inspired by an idea through the Michigan Avenue PTO, the project began as a sock drive to raise awareness about long-term care. The school wanted to give the socks to those who would appreciate and need them, and their minds immediately went to the elderly residents of Cleveland.
The students will present the socks along with cards they made to the residents on Feb. 27.
Life Care expressed its pleasant surprise at being chosen as the recipients of the socks as they didn’t expect such a kind gesture.
“We were so flattered the PTO thought of us. Our residents are going to be so excited,” said Aileen Poteet, Life Care's business development director.
Life Care is planning to treat the generous students as well, with cupcakes and refreshments.
Admissions director Meredith McConnell explained events like this are therapeutic for the residents, as they love seeing the young students come in, and enjoy chatting with them. The fact they are receiving gifts from the youths is just the icing on the cupcake.
In addition to the event, Life Care hosts a Valentine’s Day party for its residents, along with other parties throughout the year. Residents also take part in crafting things for one another, which McConnell says brings them joy and warms their hearts. The facility has even hosted a prom in the past, but doesn’t have plans for a dance this year.
Jeanne McCuiston, director of care activities with Life Care, is also giving residents a special dinner and taking them out for a sweet treat afterward on Valentine’s Day.
“Doing this keeps the residents involved, it helps with their social skills and it’s just like us. We want to be involved and go out and do things,” McCuiston said. “They love having kids come in. It doesn’t matter what age group. Some kids have been coming in and playing games with them each week, and the residents are always excited to see them.”
Poteet encourages everyone in Cleveland to give as Michigan Avenue is giving, and make Valentine’s Day special for someone you know.
For more information, contact Life Care at 423-476-3254 or go to lifecarecenterofcleveland.com.
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