Geer Nursing Residents comfort at-risk children
At a time when Nursing Home residents and staff are extremely concerned about the Covid-19 virus crisis, residents at Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are thinking about those less fortunate than themselves.
Karen Hawley, of the Resident Council and Alyssa Dungan, a Recreation Assistant came up with a project that the residents of Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center could conduct to help at risk children. Sometimes families and their children find themselves in contact with law enforcement at Troop B in North Canaan. The children especially, can be scared and in need of comfort at a very difficult time.
Alyssa’s father is a State Trooper and she was brought up to understand the care needed when a child is brought into a difficult situation. Karen Hawley is always concerned with those less fortunate and often looks for projects that the residents can do for others. Together the Geer Nursing Resident Council and the Recreation staff funded and conducted a teddy bear stuffing project. Karen asked the Resident Council to authorize the funds to purchase the supplies and the Recreation staff worked with residents on the project to stuff and dress the bears for the children.
Troop B now has a supply of stuffed teddy bears that they can give children during stressful situations to provide them with some comfort during a difficult time. Trooper Dungan says ‘We are so appreciative of the teddy bears from Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation residents. Troopers often carry teddy bears to give out to children that we encounter at a crime scene or traumatic event’.
During this difficult time, that we all face, it is heart-warming to know that we can always reach out to help others and by doing so we make our small corner of the world a better place.