HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO---What's the power of 62 cans of green beans, 27 boxes of stuffing and 79 cans of soup and broth?
They were 168 of the grand total of 1,071 items collected and donated by residents and employees of Wind Crest retirement community to Interfaith Community Services (IFCS) of Englewood.
Coordinated by the Erickson Living Values Team, Wind Crest aimed to support IFCS's Thanksgiving Baskets Program. IFCS has established a 2012 seasonal goal of eight hundred (800) food baskets for distribution to Denver-area families in need.
The nonperishable dry food and canned goods were collected in October and delivered in a truck provided by Wind Crest to the IFCS office in Englewood on November 2nd.
Rachel Koch, Administrative Assistant at Wind Crest, discussed the importance of taking on the project. "There were many hours of loading, counting and sorting, but we all feel good about taking the time to go the extra mile for such a worthy cause as the Thanksgiving Baskets Program," described Ms. Koch.
"We also made it a fun event, even doing a Halloween themed-contest for employees who donated to the food drive," noted Ms. Koch. "Special thanks to Craig Erickson, John Pitzer and Brian Remmick for their invaluable sharing of community resources."
Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Inter-Faith serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County. For more information, please visit www.ifcs.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Wind Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Highlands Ranch, donated over 1,000 nonperishable food items to the Interfaith Community Services' Thanksgiving Baskets Program. Pictured from left to right are Carl Kaufmann, Norm Fox, Fran Fox, Rachel Koch, Peter Ritchie, Edie Collins and Maria Pearson. (Photo courtesy of John Pitzer)
About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.