Continuing the tradition of Gratitude Friday, started by Diana of Creative Structures, I want to express my gratitude to the Vendors we use at work for their very generous contributions to the 2009 Resident Holiday Bazaar Fund at PNH which is scheduled for 12/09/09. I am also grateful to the staff at PNH who continue to donate items as well as their time to assist with the Bazaar.
A bit of history about the Bazaar and our Residents. PNH is the County Nursing Home. All of our residents have very limited means.Due to multiple medical problems they require more care than they can receive in the community.Some, but by no means all, have very complex psychsocial histories as well. All have suffered significant losses. Regardless of their previous roles in life,all find themselves on the receiving end since their admission to a Nursing Home.
The Holidays are a particularly difficult time for our Residents. Several years ago we asked our staff to donate any new, white elephant gifts that they might have laying around at home to a Holiday Bazaar for our Residents. Nothing at the Bazaar would sell for more than $2.00. Our residents would be able to shop for affordable holiday gifts for family & friends, giving them the opportunity to be on the giving end - again, or maybe for the first time (some of our residents have not always made great decisions in life &/or have burnt many bridges). It was a HUGE success. The Bazaar was scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. However by 1:15 p.m. we had sold out of just about everything!
Since that first Bazaar, each fall we ask our many Vendors for a monetary contribution to the Holiday Bazaar Fund.Their generous contributions along with items donated by staff ensure that we can keep the Bazaar going from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and that everyone who wants to has a chance to shop for first rate items for men, women and children at steeply discounted prices.PNH is a big place with 400 residents, so we do limit purchases to 4/person. Anyone is free to return after 2:15 p.m. for another round of shopping.
I have the pleasure of being the primary shopper for this event. Yesterday I did a marathon shopping spree and will do the same on Monday. The anticipation/excitement for Wednesday's event is palpable! I am really grateful to be a part of an activity which is so meaningful to so many during this season of the year!
Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!