Holiday communities help children in need during back-to-school season
Back-to-school season is in full swing, and residents at Holiday Retirement communities are doing their part to prepare students for the upcoming school year. One of the most important pillars of our senior living communities across the country is the connection to the local neighborhood in which our residents live. And giving back to local students and youngsters is one of our residents’ most rewarding activities of the year.
From pencil bags to toys for after school, discover how three Holiday Retirement communities are giving back this school year.
Supplies for those in need
Collecting back-to-school supplies is a labor of love for residents and staff at Holiday Retirement’s Fox Run Estates in Arlington, Texas. This is the third year the community has collected school supplies for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a local organization that assists women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
Every Aug. 1, Fox Run Estates begins collecting supplies for a drive that runs through Aug. 25. Then the community hosts a banana split party and fund-raiser, selling banana splits for five dollars each and donating all proceeds to SafeHaven along with any school supplies collected.
“It’s such a wonderful event,” said Rhonda Hill, enrichment coordinator for Fox Run Estates. “We also get members of the Arlington community to join in helping families in need as their young children begin the school year with a fresh start.”
Christmas in July
Snow certainly isn’t falling in July (or December!) at Holiday Retirement’s Woodlands Village in Bradenton, Fla., but that didn’t stop residents from raising nearly $2,000 for Toys for Tots during their second annual Christmas in July fund-raising activity.
“This year was even more successful than last year,” said Christopher Taranto, enrichment coach for Woodlands Village. “Along with school supplies for local children, we also collected plenty of toys to keep them busy when they finish their homework!”
Stuff the bus
The atrium at Holiday Retirement’s Marion Woods in Ocala, Fla., has been home to a colorful addition the past two months: a miniature school bus. Residents and staff decorated boxes to look like school buses, and invited neighbors to stop by and place school supplies in the annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative.
“We’ve been collecting school supplies for a low-income school in the area for a number of years now,” said Linda Borges, enrichment coordinator for Marion Woods. “Residents love buying supplies and contributing their part so much that we’ve already filled the first bus!”
Whether giving back to local schoolchildren or participating in community activities and events, our residents have no trouble staying busy. Get in touch with us today to learn more about life at a Holiday community near you or a loved one!