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In a lead-up to Valentine’s Day 2016, two associates and a resident at The Oaks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, decided to share love through food, Portuguese style.


On Feb. 11, Sally Correia, activity director, and Eduarda Soares, lead housekeeper, arrived at work several hours before their shifts to make fresh dough for homemade malasadas. These are a Portuguese confection made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulated sugar.


Residents and associates alike could smell the sweet aroma throughout the hallways, beckoning them to return later to taste the finished product.


Resident Albertina Henriques coated each one in sugar after the dough was fried.


“Helping brought me back to my younger years and all of the memories of when I made malasadas and sweet bread for my family,” said Henriques. “Plus, they taste so delicious!”


“Our facility is dense in Portuguese culture,” said Katie Roderiques, marketing director. “Residents and associates were thrilled to have this confectionary delight.”


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