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
"There's a time for giving back"
Helping their community is second nature to the owners of The Glenbridge. In 1998, the co-owners Larry Browne and Ron Girouard of The Glenbridge, a local fine dining establishment contacted Prince Edward Community Care and offered to place a Memory Tree in their dining room throughout the Christmas Season. Patrons can contribute any amount and place an ornament on the tree in memory of a loved one. At the end of the season, Larry and Ron matched the $399 that was raised and made an $800 donation to Community Care. In 1999 $600 was raised with Larry & Ron matching it to bring the total to $1,200.
The total donation in 2000 was $1,530 which included $765 contributed by the owners. Continuing their support of seniors in this County, The Glenbridge was the location for Prince Edward Community Care's 2001 Auction and the owners helped with promotion and ticket sales, as well as providing a gala dinner at an excellent price so that the fundraising event was a success.
The Glenbridge owners quietly assist many local groups including: Prince Edward Children's Aid Society, Picton Santa Claus Parade, Picton Fair, Prince Edward Arts Council, The Regent Theatre, they sponsor a ball team and for almost 3 years the pop cans from their restaurant have been picked up by a group that sends the money raised to a church in a third world country.
Howard Johnston, Board Chair,
Debbie Moynes, Executive Director,
and Ron Girouard, Glenbridge owner,
stand with the Christmas Memory Tree
currently on display at The Glenbridge,
Fine County Fare on Bridge Street in Picton.
Larry Browne says "there's a time for giving back and that's where we are". The owners of the Glenbridge say that they "do small things where we think that we can make a difference." Howard Johnston, chair of Community Care's board says that "the help that we have received from The Glenbridge is certainly no 'small thing'. Larry and Ron's contribution to our fundraising initiatives helps us to continue to help seniors stay living in their own homes in this County."
Prince Edward Community Care provides community support services to seniors in Prince Edward County. The agency is partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The rest of the budget is realized through fundraising and donations. The office is located in The Armoury, 206 Main Street, in Picton.