Easy, fun ways to make a life better

By Laurel Halverson
Rainycrest Auxiliary

As we begin a new year, the volunteers at the Rainycrest Auxiliary Tuck Shop would like to say how grateful we are for the wonderful generosity we have been shown by the community members. All year, but particularly during the Christmas season, we are once again amazed at the number and quality of donations we receive. Your donations enable the Auxiliary to run the Tuck Shop, which in turn provides the Residents with a place to shop for gifts, decorations for their rooms, snacks, drinks and more. It may not seem like a big deal, but for those not able to leave the facility to shop locally, it is huge. If you could only see how excited Residents get to see something they want, it would melt your heart.

As you may be aware, we are always in need of donations. They can be for seasonal events or everyday use. It is hard to put on paper what we need, as it is hard to anticipate the needs of our Residents. Socks, purses, jewellery, personal care items, room decor, large print word search books, ornaments, mugs, just to name a few. All donations are put to good use. You can drop off your donations, labeled “Tuck Shop, Attention Gary” in the front entrance on the cart labeled Tuck Shop or if you are coming in, you can drop off directly in the shop.

All funds raised in the Tuck Shop go to the Rainycrest Auxiliary, to be used to enhance the lives of Residents of Rainycrest. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, such as beds and lifts of furniture for the entryway and common areas, items for the activation departments, such as the computerized interactive projection machine, which allowsResidents a different way to be active and engaged. Not all money is spent on large capital items; the members of the Auxiliary also put on parties for birthdays and other special occasions, or decorate the chapel. We also provide welcome baskets to each Resident as they move in to Rainycrest. Some of our Auxiliary members just spend time visiting with Residents, which is probably one of the best services we provide. However, we could always do more. We encourage you to think about joining the Rainycrest Auxiliary and become a part of our team. You can help make life at Rainycrest the best it can be.