The negative effects of COVID-19 are weighing heavy on many as we head in to the holiday season, but a group of care home residents in Melfort is combatting those feelings by focusing on giving to others.
The staff of the Melfort Home Care office and Nirvana Assisted Living took on a special project in November in an attempt to distract from the pandemic and uplift the spirits of residents.
Operation Christmas Child, run through the organization Samaritan’s Purse, collects shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and other gifts to be delivered to children in developing countries. Staff at the Melfort care home generously donated all items for the shoeboxes. After storing them for a minimum of 72 hours, Nirvana’s adult day program residents assembled the boxes, carefully organizing the items into appropriate age groups and gender.
“It was definitely a successful team effort that brought a pleasant distraction to all involved,” said Kathie Isberg, recreation co-ordinator at the Melfort office, adding that the residents were impressed and intrigued with the variety of items selected for each box. “Imagining the joy and excitement of the children receiving the shoeboxes really lifted their spirits.”
Isberg added that only 24 boxes were planned; however, due to the influx of staff donations, the final box count was 34. Residents and their families donated to assist with shipping costs, as did Bourgault Tillage Tools, a St. Brieux business that generously donated $220 to the project.
Care home residents in Melfort packed 34 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.