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
Keitha Carnrike doesn't think recycling is a new concept. She learned how to do it at her mother's knee, watching as quilters made blankets from bits of cloth. Mrs. Carnrike is a volunteer for Community Care's Thrift Shop in Picton and the agency is holding a raffle with first prize being a handmade one-of-a-kind quilt that she made entirely from scratch.
As used clothing with holes and defects accumulated in the shop Mrs. Carnrike quietly took the items home, washed them thoroughly, cut them into pieces and sewed a colourful quilt top. Purchasing a flannelette backing, she added quilt batting and then tied the quilt. The day she took the quilt to the office she said that she "didn't think it was much but it might fetch a few dollars in the Thrift Shop". Her quilting teacher, her mother, would be proud. The quilt is a beautiful example of recycling and reusing at its best and it symbolizes the mission of the Thrift Shop.
The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association operates the Thrift Shop at 281 Main Street in Picton as a year-round fundraising initiative so that programs and services can be offered to help County seniors stay living at home. Services include Meals on Wheels, transportation, foot care, and a range of other programs to help seniors. The Thrift Shop volunteers share their time and talents and have made the initiative, started last August, a success. Howard Johnston, chair of Community Care's board, says "this is our 25th year serving The County and it's the volunteers that are the life of Community Care."
Raffle tickets are available for $1.00 each or 3/$2.00. Only 300 have been printed. The draw will take place on June 27th. Purchase a ticket at the Thrift Shop, 281 Main Street Picton, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. You can also drop off your good used items at the Thrift Shop during those hours. Good things don't belong clogging landfill sites. Call 476-1555 and Community Care's volunteers will pick up your donations of stuff. Keitha Carnrike might even make another quilt.