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Seniors engaged in community service

In 2008, Random Age-Friendly Communities developed a drop-in program for seniors (GATHER) in the Clarenville area.

This program is volunteer based and meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons each week, 2-4 p.m. at the Lions Den.

It is open to all residents age 50+ and is free. The program includes a short exercise program, social activities such as cards, darts, puzzles, crafts,

and bowling.

During the spring and summer, activities include planting and tending a community garden, caring for an Adopt a Spot, community clean up, hikes, bus trips, and community outings.

In addition to having an afternoon of socializing and recreation, community service projects are a regular part of the GATHER program and involve partnerships with others.

Since the GATHER program started, many items have been knitted and donated to various charitable organizations such as:   Izzy Dolls to ICross Canada, Boomer caps to ICross Canada, toe warmers to the Janeway Children’s Hospital, finger puppets for G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital. 

Soft cushions have been sewn and presented to the Cancer Surgery Ward at the G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital. 

The most recent project is knitting squares for lap quilts that are donated to G.B. Cross Memorial hospital for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

These quilts are given to patients for their personal use.

The project is ongoing and local businesses have generously provided the wool.

 Random Age-Friendly Communities organization commends these seniors for their willingness to commit to such worthwhile community service projects.

Organizations: Cross Memorial Hospital, Age-Friendly Communities organization

Geographic location: Janeway Children

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