For Immediate release:
The 2nd Annual Senior Northern Camper Picnic:
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT
SHINE FOR SENIORS
Who says a little
rain has to dampen the spirit? No one! The 2nd Annual Senior
Northern Camper lunch was postponed a day due to rain, but
volunteers were there along with senior guests—and the
sunshine—on August 13.
Held at the
Missaukee Conservation District (MCD), there were over 100
in attendance, half of which were volunteers. The Cadillac
Wexford Transit Authority once again was a leader in
community service transporting seniors from Autumnwood and
Countryview Apartments in McBain. Residents from Belle Oakes
in Lake City were also special guests, along with seniors
from Lake City, Falmouth, and the Golden Agers from Merritt.
Cocoa from K-9
Companion was there to greet people as they got off the bus.
Hotdogs and burgers was grillin’ with help from Autumnwood
of McBain. Airway Oxygen, Hospice of Michigan, The Northern
Camper and Leelin Home Health Care helped with other picnic
essentials. And dessert? Of course there was dessert! There
were brownies and cookies to start from Belle Oakes and ice
cream from Heartland Hospice to top off the sweet tooth.
Along with great
food, the objective of the lunch was to give seniors an
opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The nature trail at the
MCD provided the perfect setting, as it is wheelchair
Volunteers were stationed along the trail to share their
passion of quilts, rocks, loons and hummingbirds. Residents
from Missaukee County along with volunteers from the Lake
City Women’s Club, Mercy Rehab and Agape Care Essential were
also on hand to assist seniors.
And just like
dessert, what would a party be without music? Local band
“Play Date” joined the party again this year and kept toes
tapping with songs everyone could sing, as well as a special
song written by Bill Jones. A senior from last year’s lunch
inspired Bill, and the song found a special place in
To all the
volunteers who made the day shine, thank you! Look for more
photos and “the rest of the story” in the September issue of
The Northern Camper.
Cheers, Kathy Salvatore