President's Point – December 2018

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Mark D. Baldino

This time of year always seems to bring out the best in everyone. Feelings of joy, peace, and celebration emerge with renewed purpose. Holidays brighten our spirits. The change in weather heightens feelings of warmth and wanting to make the world a better place for those less fortunate.

As temperatures drop and winter draws closer, we see increased needs in our senior communities and work hard to address them. On the 13th of November, longtime Meals on Wheels volunteers Walter and Mary Moore dropped off 25 heaters, donated by the members of First Presbyterian Church. Three days later, Senior Solutions Specialist Ed Gines and I picked up a van full of groceries gathered by Fringe Benefits Management Company’s employees during their Fall Food Drive to help replenish our emergency food pantry. The following Tuesday we participated in the 4th Annual Sheriff Larry Campbell Thanksgiving Turkey Drive with FAMU & FSU. Through that wonderful holiday outreach event, 79 of our homebound seniors received a frozen turkey and all of the ingredients to prepare complete Thanksgiving dinners for their families. And just one week later we received a trunk load of heaters and blankets donated by the dentistry office of “Smiles by Beck and Bailey.”



Ho, Ho, Ho – What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!!

In December we look forward to more good cheer. The month always begins with the Alternative Christmas Market at John Wesley United Methodist Church, which has raised more than a million dollars for local charities over the last 23 years. ECS’s “Elder Elf” follows right on its heels, as our staff and community partners set up Santa’s workshop in the conference room to begin fulfilling Christmas wish lists to bring an abundance of good tidings to 170 area seniors – a new Elder Care record.



So if you find yourself asking, “what can I do this holiday season to make someone’s spirits bright?” Please give us a call 850-245-5945 or go to our website www.eldercarebigbend.org and click DONATE NOW.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Elder Care Services to all of you who do so much to help improve the quality of life for our seniors!!

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Mark D. Baldino
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930


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