By CRISTINA JANNEY
The Wonder Women League, in partnership with the Good Samaritan Society and Ascension Living Via Christi Village, provided raised gardens and plants for the elderly living in the centers.
The league has placed raised beds in Good Samaritan’s assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Gloves, watering cans and gardening hand tools were also donated.
the League of Wonder Women is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the United Way of Ellis County.
Jan Klaus, a member of the league’s senior care committee, said the raised garden bed project was close to his heart.
“The Elderly Care Committee was created to find projects in the community that would benefit the elderly population,” she said. “After taking care of aging parents and loved ones, I know how important it is to give them purpose, and taking care of a vegetable garden seemed like the perfect idea.
“The wheels were set in motion with the help of our committee members and wonderful volunteers, and donors stepped up to help. We hope the raised beds will continue for years to come and give residents the pride and joy to care for. “
Noe Gillespie, administrator of the Good Samaritan Society, said he wanted to thank the league for the donation as well as Good Sam activity coordinator Jackie Honings for helping to involve residents in the project from day one.
Members of the Elderly Care Committee are Deb Hoffman, Jan Klaus, Pat Klaus, Sherry Dryden, Lavonne Giess, Marie Froelich, Shelby Doty and Cristina Janney.
Donors include: Bob Billinger – beds built
Hank VonLintel – Built Support Feet
Hays Greenhouse and Superior Lawn and Landscape – donation of vegetable plants and soil
Heartland Building Center Inc. – wood donation
RD Graphics – donated panels for the beds
Family members of committee members worked to move the floor to the beds. These included Dave Giess, Dan Meyerhoff and Brad and
Editor’s Note: Cristina Janney is a member of the Wonder Women League.