December 18, 2020 // 2:12 PM

Arranging Blessings

Written by Juanita Fox

“When Linda Dodge called, I was happy to help. I love to make flower arrangements and be creative. Anything I can do to help other people with my creativity, I’m happy to do it,” says Marie Diehl, a Garden Spot Village resident since 2009.

Last week Linda Dodge, director of development, gathered a group of resident volunteers to make Christmas arrangements with fresh cut greens, holly and ribbons. Fifteen residents and team members met in the Village Square for four afternoons, sorting and trimming greens.

They worked quickly and carefully, enjoying the opportunity to work in community. Marie says, “We got along wonderfully. We shared materials, talked and had a wonderful time.”
They arranged the greens in mugs, vases, baskets or ceramic pots and added candles or ribbon to match.

In all, the resident volunteers created 170 arrangements, which they gave to team members in the healthcare areas, including skilled nursing, memory support, personal care and dining services.

“Our nursing staff has made so many sacrifices this year,” Linda Dodge says. “They are working long hours and may not have had much time to decorate their home or shop for gifts.”

“When they come to work they wear masks, goggles and protective gowns. Plus, they are being tested for COVID twice a week. I really just wanted to do something to let them know we haven’t forgotten about them and to let them know that we care about them,” she continues.

The nursing staff was surprised and thankful. Denise Hoak, director of personal care, says, “The staff love the arrangements! They are a thoughtful holiday surprise. Each one is so pretty and there are a variety to choose from. We are all very appreciative!”

Linda Ebert, a Garden Spot Village resident since October 2017, volunteers regularly at Meadow View memory support. The restrictions surrounding COVID curtailed her volunteering in recent months, so she was glad to take the opportunity to bless the team members in memory support.

“I don’t have any formal flower arranging training, but I enjoy it. I moved to Garden Spot to live a purposeful life, which for me means serving and helping others. That is what brings joy into my life. Knowing our hard working skilled nursing and staff would receive them made me so happy to serve in this capacity,” Linda Ebert says.

At Garden Spot Village, finding unexpected ways to bless each other is part of the culture as we work to discover abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community.