Two north Omaha group residences recently reached out to help senior citizens who were victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Immanuel Fontenelle Home, a nursing home, and Seven Oaks at Notre Dame, a low-income senior citizen housing community, each raised more than $500 for nursing homes in New York and New Jersey.
As one of the Omaha residents said: “If we were hit by a tornado, I would hope that someone would help us, so let's help them.”
When Hurricane Katrina caused devastation in New Orleans in 2005, Immanuel Fontenelle residents came up with the idea of helping the victims.
This time, the staff proposed helping Sandy victims and residents agreed, said Lori Linnenbrink, recreation therapy lead at the nursing home.
“We made baked goods in our cooking group,” she said, and they asked staff and families to bring in things for a bake sale.
Residents raised $528 from all the baked goods, a 50-50 raffle and sales of donated pies, Linnenbrink said.
Sister Joan Pollack, a Seven Oaks resident, said that at a residents' council meeting, “We decided to give each resident an envelope to put in whatever donation they wanted and to return it. It was all anonymous.”
Donations reached $541.15.
“We were all amazed at the great contribution that we gathered,” Pollack said.
Immanuel Fontenelle, Seven Oaks and the nursing homes they helped are members of LeadingAge. It's an association of 6,000 nonprofits whose goal is to make the U.S. a better place to grow old.
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