July 14, 2021
Community Care’s Tag Day goes virtual for the second year in a row
Another tradition is modified to meet pandemic requirements in the 37th year that Community Care has organized Tag Day. This year we are holding a “virtual” tag day for the second year in a row and have moved the event to the month of August.
Usually we write to businesses in Prince Edward County asking permission for volunteers to stand outside their business. This year it’s once again not possible to have volunteers do their traditional roles for this important fundraiser. For 35 years our amazing volunteers have had donation boxes around their necks and are stationed at businesses throughout Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington, taking shifts canvassing in each location. This year again the boxes sit idle due to COVID-19. We’re planning to move back on the streets in 2022 if at all possible!
This year we’re inviting people to visit our website to go to the special Tag Day page where they can make a donation to support seniors to live at home.
The special webpage is available anytime during the month of August. Donations of any size are welcome.
The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association supports seniors to live at home. Services include delivery of hot and frozen Meals on Wheels up to 5 days/week anywhere in PEC; free rides to vaccination clinics; escorted transportation to medical appointments & shopping; assistance with placing grocery orders by email or online, free pick-up and delivery of groceries/medicines/essentials; curbside pick up of scrumptious meals; reassurance programs; caregiver support; and respite, homemaking, yard work and home maintenance. The agency is partly funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by donations and community fundraising efforts. Please visit our Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton.
Together we help seniors live at home.
A new way to stay connected
Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors has launched its latest fundraising effort with a unique box of 33 handcrafted cards that come in an attractive keepsake box.
The local charity provides services for seniors to support the choice to live at home in the community. Community Care has been supporting seniors in The County for over 40 years. Debbie MacDonald Moynes, executive director says “the box of cards comes in two different options, all are carefully crafted, and would be a joy to send and to receive.”
“It’s over a $100 value and we’re charging only $35.00/box. People can order a box of 33 birthday cards, or a box of 33 all occasion cards. We figured now with people not going out as much, it is nicer to have cards already in their home.”
Along with birthday cards, the big box of all occasion cards includes wedding, get well, thank you, congratulations, new baby, and blank cards.
Community Care wanted to find a new and creative way to encourage people to interact safely. They already have several programs to ward off social isolation. Sending or receiving a card fits right in. Barbara Proctor, chair of the Community Care board of directors, suggests that “a big box of cards would be a great gift for the senior, or for anyone, on your Christmas list. And the added bonus is that buying a box of cards helps Community Care to fundraise in the age of COVID-19. We’re hoping that the big box of cards will be a hit” Proctor concluded.
The Big Box of Cards can be purchased November 1 to 22 online by going to the Prince Edward Community Care website at www.commuitycareforseniors.org For those who don’t have a computer, orders can be placed by calling Community Care at 613-476-7493. All purchases must be paid for in advance.
The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association offers services such as hot and frozen Meals on Wheels, foot care, grocery pick up & delivery, help with forms (including Income Tax), respite, home maintenance, light housekeeping, rural route reassurance and telephone reassurance programs. The agency is partly funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by donations and community fundraising efforts, such as Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street. The Community Care office is located at 74 King Street in Picton and is open by appointment only.
L-R Mayor Steve Ferguson & Barbara Proctor, Chair of Community Care Board, launch the Big Box of Cards fundraiser.
Give the Gift of Care
Community Care for Seniors has Gift Certificates for all services & for the Thrift Shop
Attention staff of adult day programs and long-term care facilities! This CD will be enjoyed by your residents. Get a copy today.
What Can the Matter Be?
Bicycle Built for Two
Ain't We Got Fun?
Five Foot Two
I Want to be Happy
Rest of the World Go By
Carolina in the Morning
Long Way to Tipperary
Cruisin' Down the River
Luverly Bunch of Coconuts
Cuddle Up a Little Closer
'Til We Meet Again'
"CD Fundraising Project"
The Prince Edward County
Community Care for Seniors
is the grateful recipient of all donations received from this CD project.
Community Care thanks Mike for sharing his talent and generosity!
To order your copy,
send a donation of $10.00 to:
Prince Edward Community Care
Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Cheques should be payable to
"Prince Edward Community Care"
If you wish to have the CD mailed to you, please add $2.00 per CD to cover mailing costs. Thanks!
June 6, 2005
I became interested in music at a very early age. I joined the St Alban's boys choir when I was about eight years old in Ottawa where I was taught musical theory and learned how to use my voice. I also took piano lessons during this same period.
When I was twelve years old I received an electric guitar from my parents for Christmas and began jamming with other kids in the neighborhood in our garage in Trenton.
As a teenager I played in a couple of rock type bands during summers in Muskoka and occasionally as a "pickup" musician in bands in Trenton. For the next forty years I strictly played for family and friends and jammed with local musicians.
A couple of years ago my wife, Fran, got me involved with playing for a church group that meets once a month for praise, worship and music; then, our group was asked to sing for pre-service music on occasional Sundays in the church and during services at various Seniors residences in the county. We called ourselves "Joyful Noise".
While at the H. J. McFarland Memorial Home for the Aged for a service, we were approached by one of the staff there who asked us if we ever sang music other than the religious kind. The group met and decided that we would practice singing some songs that might appeal to seniors from one of their "Sing Along" books. We started singing for McFarland Home during "Pub Nights" on a once a month basis with a limited repertoire of about thirty songs. We were then "discovered" by staff from another residence and were asked to perform at their place as well on a monthly basis. We have been performing Pub nights ever since and our repertoire is expanding slowly.
Fran volunteers at McFarland Home each week for a couple of hours on Monday evenings doing various activities with the residents. One day she asked me to come with her and sing a few songs for her group and have a sing along with them. This worked out well, but being a somewhat reluctant performer, I asked her not to schedule me too often. It was at this point that she asked me to record a number of songs for the group to listen to during their activity periods with her.
Being an amateur "recording engineer" and musician, I was happy to comply and produced a CD specifically for Fran's use with her friends at the residence. Fran took the CD the very next week and said that everyone had a great time listening to it and singing along, and even dancing. About a month later, I received a call at home from the activities director of the residence thanking me for the CD and telling me that the folks played it every morning, and sang and danced to it. We also played the CD as background music for a seniors tea in our church hall and I noticed that a number of persons were singing along with it. This gave me the idea that other seniors might like to have this music of the 20's, 30's and 40's for their personal use as well.
At this point I decided that I would like to offer the CD to a charitable group for seniors as a fund raiser and donate all of the proceeds to that group. The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association seemed like a good candidate and "the CD project was born!"