AL Care Center Support

Brightening the spirits of residents in care centers

The Care Center Support program has evolved over 18 years serving residents in eight care centers in Bellingham and Whatcom County without family or friends to remember them on special occasions.

Working through the Activities Directors, Assistance League of Bellingham fulfills personal Christmas wish lists for the residents. Requested items included flannel PJs, cologne, a lap blanket, large print picture books, and dog treats for a service dog that visits.

We also send birthday cards and deliver special springtime treats to brighten the spirits of these residents.

Anni, Care Center Support chair, explains that the program is unique in many ways,

“We provide Christmas gifts to residents in eight different long-term care facilities: six in Bellingham and two in Ferndale. The activity directors identify potential recipients (anyone with a limited income or little social support). They are asked what they would like Santa to bring them for Christmas. Assistance League members volunteers ‘shop til they drop’ to purchase the requested items. They wrap and deliver the gifts, thereby spreading the joy of the season.”

How we're making a difference ( 2018-2019 )

393
Christmas gifts delivered
to eight care centers
42
handmade quilts
given to care centers
131
residents recognized
and remembered

Being remembered and feeling loved

I have witnessed tears of joy as gifts were opened. It’s a humbling experience. I am proud to belong to Assistance League of Bellingham.

-Anni Martinek, Care Center Support program chair

Brighten a resident’s day.

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We truly spread a little joy and bring such smiles to the resident’s faces. We wish we could do it more often.

-Anni Martinek, Care Center Support program chair

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