Myerstown Lions Donate Cats for Residents at Towne Centre
The Myerstown Lions Club donated three cats for residents suffering from dementia-related disorders at StoneRidge Towne Centre. Specifically, the three cats, a silver kitty, an orange tabby and a tuxedo cat, were welcomed into the Towne Centre family Wednesday afternoon. The Lions heard from their friends at the Lancaster Lions Club what a success it was after they donated a few cats to a nursing center in their area. They reported that the residents found them both comforting and enjoyable. It seems appropriate that Lions’ Clubs should be donating cats, right?
Lest you think we were talking about actual, living cats, no, we are not; we are talking about robotic pets. These companion pet cats (they have dogs, too) with soft, realistic fur, mimic the life-like sounds and movements of real cats (or dogs). Granted, they remain in one basic position, laying on someone’s lap if seated or their tummy if reclined. There are sensors that are sensitive to both touch and motion. Once someone comes near or pets the cat, it will begin to purr. The purring mimics a real cat that you can both hear and feel. The cat will also let out a life-like “meows,” move its head and close its eyelids. It responds with several different actions including rolling on its side so you can pet its belly. If the resident falls asleep, the cat will, too.
Lions Club President Michael Hibshman and Lion Steven Goodhue presented the three robotic cats to the Director of Activities at Towne Centre, Amanda Vatter. Vice President and Committee Chairman Larry Albright was unable to attend. The Lions funded the purchase of the robotic companions and a supply of batteries “by selling gift certificates for Smith Candies in Myerstown and earmarking the profits for this project. A special “thank you’ to Smith Candies for their kind generosity and extra work to help assure our success,” Hibshman shared with Vatter and several others gathered from senior management. “If the program is successful, the Lions Club may consider purchasing additional pets,” he shared.
The Myerstown Lions Club is a community-service club involved with many projects throughout the area. They meet on the second and fourth Monday’s of each month at 7 a.m. at Country Fare Restaurant, Myerstown. “Come join us for breakfast and a meeting. Membership is open to men and women, and we welcome anyone to join us,” Hibshman said.
Pictured from left is Tiffany Bayer, director of nursing; Lisa Keppley, executive director; Michael Hibshman, Lions president; Steve Goodhue, Lion; and Amanda Vatter, director of activities
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Suffering from Grief? GriefShare is a helpful and healthy option.
StoneRidge Poplar Run is offering a program to those who are suffering from grief. GriefShare is a group of caring people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences and help you face its challenges. GriefShare is open to the public. The video program features nationally recognized experts speaking and offering advice on grief recovery topics. GriefShare topics include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” “Guilt and Anger” and many more applicable topics. Group discussions always follow. Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend. Classes will be held Wednesdays from February 6 - May 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Players’ Lounge at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 East Lincoln Avenue (Route 422), Myerstown. The cost for GriefShare is just $15, and many grief-stricken people have found it very helpful. For questions or more information, please call Dana Logan at 717.866.3507 or visit GriefShare.org.
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Cub Scouts Build Houses With Seniors
The Myerstown Pack 460 of highly organized scouts and their den leaders, along with many volunteer parents, descended on StoneRidge Towne Centre to have some Christmas fun with the residents, play some music and construct houses - gingerbread houses. The gingerbread house project began much earlier in the season when the scouts gathered and packaged all of the various food items that would make for wonderful gingerbread houses such as M&Ms, marshmallows, sprinkles, a wide variety of hard candies and, of course, spice drops. Then, each resident received a round cardboard form with a pre-made basic gingerbread house attached. These were done wisely ahead of time so most of the time could be spent with the scouts and residents decorating the house and the surrounding landscape.
Pictured from front left, Brayden Gipe, Sawyer Shanaman, Chase Shuder, Jayden Berkehimer, Jack Dermes, Braydon Santiago, Ezra Kohl, Liam Jacoby, Jacob Lutz, Mason Lester, Dylan Shuder, Grant Hoke, Blayde Hoke, Elijah Gass, John Gass and Sebastian Kohl
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Blood is Needed: Donate at Towne Centre
Blood donations slowed through the fall and yet, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Did you know that a single car accident victim may require as much as 100 pints of blood to recover? To help alleviate the need, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown on Friday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone 16 years old or older who is in good general health may donate with parental or guardian consent. Interested donors may streamline their donation experience and save up to 15 minutes on their donation day by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and completing their pre-donation reading and health history questions. If you have any questions, or if you are concerned whether you are able to donate, you may call the American Red Cross at 1.800.RED.CROSS. Give the perfect gift – Give Blood.
Pictured below is Towne Centre Activities Professional, Chris Haag, giving blood at a recent blood drive.
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Church of God Home Blesses Soldiers with Help from War College Neighbor
The U.S. Army War College and Church of God Home have been good neighbors for 50 years and have been supporting for each other for a long time. A Veterans’ Day Breakfast is held each year to recognize Church of God residents and staff who served in the armed forces. This day includes guest speakers from the War College and active personnel who take the time to greet each veteran, especially those not able to attend the breakfast.
At Christmas time, Church of God residents swing into full gear and do what they can to make sure those women and men serving during the holidays are not forgotten. This year, over 200 Christmas cards were signed with love and remembrance to our soldiers from the residents at Church of God. Todd Masterak, of the Army War College, provided assistance to assure that these holiday greetings will make their way to U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan as well as wounded veterans currently hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Christmas cards were sent along with a letter sending their heartfelt prayers and love this holiday season. “This is a wonderful thing to do at this beautiful time of the year. We appreciate this close connection with our neighbors at the War College,” shared Robert Fodor, executive director at Church of God Home. Thank you, Church of God Home, the U.S. Army War College and our active and veteran service people throughout the world.
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