“I believe the spirit of generosity is very high among community members at Linden Ponds,” says community member Deb Graham. “We believe in sharing our gifts. Many individuals, as well as groups, look for, and support, the local community with their gifts.”
Deb, a member of Linden Ponds’ generous Chit Chat Knitters is one of hundreds of community members who happily share their gifts, and volunteer their time, to help those in need both within their Erickson Senior Living community, as well as within the local community.
And while the community dedicates their time and efforts throughout the year, this generous spirit multiplies during the holiday season.
“Even during this busy time of the year, residents are so generous with their time, talents and treasures, not only to do good in the world, but to also feel good in the world,” says Jeff Watson, Erickson Senior Living’s Director of Operations. It’s this spirit of kindness that always radiates throughout our campuses and enables those who call Linden Ponds home to make a joyful difference in the lives of so many.”
Recently, in recognition of Thanksgiving, the Linden Ponds fitness team organized a food drive for the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry. Community members and staff donated over 750 pounds of food used to stock the shelves at the pantry.
“For more than 10 years, we have collected items for the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry,” says Mary Whidden, fitness manager. “Food drive bins were placed in all of our clubhouses and residents and staff donated generously over a 10-day period. Linden Ponds and the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry have a great relationship and we enjoy helping them every year.”
Recognizing the need for warmth during the harsh New England winters, Deb and her Chit Chat Knitters are busy creating hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and afghans which will be donated to the homeless and other local organizations in need of the items. Currently, the dedicated knitters have donated 16 afghans, and almost 200 handmade winter necessities. In addition, the group knits shawls (over 90 this year) to community members at Rose Court, Linden Ponds’ continuing care community.
“I am so proud of each and every member of this club,” says Deb. “No matter what may be going on in their own lives, they never stop thinking of others. No matter the need, the community, and I, can always look to them for assistance.”
In addition, many Linden Ponds community members enjoy filling the role of Santa by donating to the community’s Toys for Tots campaign.
“Donating toys to children in need is an important Linden Ponds holiday tradition,” says community services manager Molly Lynch St. John. “Our community members give generously and cheerfully to make the holidays brighter for those in need.”
About Linden Ponds: Linden Ponds is one of 20 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Senior Living® and is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The not-for-profit community of more than 1300 residents and 800 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community.
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