During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 14-22, 2015, Shawn Morales, executive director, inspired the associates at The Oaks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to collect canned goods, non-perishables and monetary donations in support of those in need.
All donations were for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a local organization that works 365 days a year to serve the homeless. It delivers food, clothing, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items where needed most.
Throughout the week, associates hosted lunches and fundraisers.
“When we each have so much to be thankful for, we thought it would be a great time to share our compassion for those in our area who are experiencing homelessness,” said Katie Roderiques, marketing director at The Oaks.
The facility collected 15 bags of donated items, as well as $200 for toiletries.
On Thanksgiving Eve, residents John Thayer, Elizabeth O’Reilly and Linda Allain joined Roderiques and Sally Correia, activity director, to deliver the donations to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
“The Oaks is committed not only to quality care for our residents, but to improving our community,” said Morales. “I am so proud of our associates coming together to raise money and collecting these items to help our community in need. This truly epitomizes what Life Care Centers of America is all about: reaching out and helping others.”
The Oaks is currently collecting warm hats, scarves and gloves for the organization to provide for a huge need during the winter months.