Kind gestures, no matter how small, have an incredible ability to create lasting joy and happiness for all parties involved. This certainly was true for the residents of Crosby Commons, an independent and assisted living community in Shelton, CT, as they worked to inspire New Haven schoolchildren. This mission was part of a project where volunteers created inspiring messages on lunch bags for local schools in hopes of reducing stigmas within their communities. After hearing about this cause, Crosby Commons residents helped make 100 inspirational lunch bags for students who participate in the Free Lunch Program. The bags were covered in drawings, colorful stickers, and quotes like “Happy Lunching”, “Do Great Things” and “Have a great meal!”
This project was in conjunction with the Connecticut JumpStart Coalition, a group of organizations, government agencies, financial institutions, and corporations that work together to improve the financial management and responsibility of our youth. Kelly Coppola, Activities Director at Crosby Commons, explains, “Our residents were so eager to be a part of this wonderful project! We are always looking for ways to give back to the community, and knowing our involvement would help inspire today’s youth really made this a rewarding activity.” Motivated by Martin Luther King Day, this project has become a source of inspiration for both the volunteers that helped make it happen and the students receiving the lunch bags.
Crosby Commons is an award-winning assisted and independent living community located on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton. For more information about the community, visit www.crosbycommons.org or call 203.225.5000.
About Chelsea Sayegh
I started working as a Marketing Coordinator for United Methodist Homes in October of 2016. I work on public relations, website management and community planning for their award winning independent and assisted living communities. As a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Media and Communications and a passion for serving nonprofits, United Methodist Homes has become my home away from home. I spend my days working in a community filled with smiling faces, helpful hands and wonderful residents. I have a passion for assisting seniors and take great pride in being able to promote a company with such a positive mission and values. As an individual committed to learning and growing, I have jumped right into this exciting career!
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