Volunteers from Clear Lake United Methodist Church put together some very thoughtful bags to deliver to 34 families in Clear Lake, League City, Pasadena, Seabrook, Friendswood, Sagemont and Baytown on July 10-13, 2020.
“We are so fortunate to have your friendship and support, especially at this surreal time,” family caregiver Judith said. “Your energy and generosity are amazing and a blessing. In this heat, your stamina is endless! Your love and efforts are much appreciated!”
They wanted the bags to mimic Gathering Place activities, so they included custom word searches with the names of the care partners (clients) hidden within, adult coloring packages with colored pencils, two simple craft projects, snacks, a handwritten card, two CD’s (one vocal, one instrumental) of music played at the Gathering, drawings made by the 3, 5 and 7 year-old children of a church family (Their mother was grateful – said it kept the kids busy for days!) and more.
“Thank you for the wonderful visit and gifts,” family caregiver Sherry said. “You all are angels and a real blessing to us. We appreciate you more than words can say. A real uplift to our day!”
While the contents of the bags were pretty fabulous, the visits themselves were the icing on the cake.
“What you do to keep in touch with your ‘wards’ is truly sacrificial,” family caregiver Dagmar said. “Thank you and all your helpers from the bottom of our hearts. So many fun things in the bag and edibles as well – Erwin is happy about that!”
Founded in 1986, CarePartners is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing high-quality care for older adults and people with dementia, as well as their caregivers. CarePartners bridges the gap between healthcare and social services by offering nationally recognized programs across Greater Houston which support caregivers’ physical and mental health while accommodating their loved ones’ needs, interests, and abilities. Since the agency’s founding in 1986, CarePartners’ volunteers have delivered more than 3 million hours of free care representing $83.7 million.