I recently heard about a nursing home that held a fundraiser to benefit survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. The home, with many Haitian residents and staff members, wanted a way to express their sadness and show support for their friends, coworkers, and the people of Haiti.
Residents baked cookies in their “Bakers’ Club” to donate to the sale. Staff members baked and bought food to contribute. For the raffle, the “Quilting Club” offered a beautiful quilt created over several months by numerous residents. A staff member contributed hand-beaded jewelry, and a community-donated framed photograph was also raffled off.
The amount of money raised was significant, but even more important was the opportunity for residents and staff to work together as a nursing home community for a greater cause.