Approximately 300 masks, caps and food donated to St. Marys nursing home
By Pat Payton
Kingsway Lodge and Fairhill Residence administrator Theresa Wakem has been thrilled with the support from the community in these trying times, due to the ongoing health concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We’ve had all kinds of people making masks,” Wakem told the Independent last week. “The community has been absolutely amazing; it’s just been overwhelming.”
The nursing home administrator says local residents have made and combined to donate about 300 face masks to the Kingsway staff and residents. “The masks are something that we needed,” she says. “We wanted to make sure each of the staff had two masks, and we have enough masks now.”
Another woman has made and donated caps, which the masks can be attached to.
In addition, local pizza businesses have donated food, local residents have also donated food and baked products, and Erie Ice Cream in Stratford sent over their ‘air dancers’ to entertain the Kingsway residents one day.
“People are constantly dropping off candies for the staff,” Wakem says. “The support we’ve got from the town and surrounding area has just been mind-blowing. Having the community behind us gives us the courage to come in here each day to do what we need to do. We want people to know that it’s greatly appreciated.”
At the present time, there are 130 residents and 120 staff at Kingsway Lodge.
Thanks front-line workers
In another act of kindness, the St. Marys Golf and Country Club recently prepared and delivered 38 meals to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital staff.
Special thanks to St. Marys G&CC chef Nathan Brown for preparing the meals, and to the Memorial Hospital’s executive director Krista Linklater for her organizing.