Story by Lourice Angie
During the holidays many nursing home residents may begin to feel overlooked and forgotten, but through the kindness, generosity and goodwill of others, these elders are reminded that they aren’t alone and that the true spirit of Christmas does, in fact, still exist.
Niki Folina, an independent Mary Kay recruiter and product specialist from the Village of Florida, along with her son, Michael, visited Schervier Pavilion on Wed., Dec. 19 to help spread a little holiday cheer with the residents.
Folina explained that the idea came about when a group of ladies who work at Mary Kay came together to think of ways that they could give back to the community. After recently experiencing the heartbreaking loss of her mom, who lived in a nursing home, and personally witnessing firsthand how many of the residents didn’t get any visitors during the holidays, or at all even, the women decided to put together a fundraiser to give back to elders at several different nursing homes with the help of community members and local businesses.
There’s no better time of year to spread happiness than during the holidays. This December it is most important to remember that any act of kindness, whether big or small, goes a long way. It is through these acts that we can help someone feel special, included, and most of all, never forgotten.
Folina says she matched every hand cream donation made and hundreds of hand creams and non slip socks were nicely wrapped with a bow and distributed to the residents at Schervier right in time for Christmas. The joy and gratitude could be seen on each of the residents faces as Folina and her son handed them gifts.
Options and rules about gift giving and volunteering vary by facility. There are many ways and opportunities for residents to help. Check with the facility staff for a list of acceptable items. For additional information on Mary Kay or to make a donation, visit www.marykay.com/nfolina.