Being a Friend to the Elderly
Posted by: Coleen K on Feb 28, 2012
What issue did your Take Action project address?
Being a friend to the elderly who are forgotten by many people and live a lonely life because of illness, not able to get around or speak, etc.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
It involved the entire troop and several years in the making,along with the troop leaders. Providing winter and spring concerts, hosting bingo (and making sure each person who showed up won something), cards during the season, decorating pumpkins, making pillows and sachets for gift giving during the holiday season.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
Smiles on their faces, clapping and toe tapping to the music - happiness that someone would actually go to their room, visit, sing and offer a small gift. Responses from individuals brought tears to our eyes when they said - "we haven't received presents for Christmas in a very long time" The pillows the girls made were thoughtful gifts for the elderly who are in wheelchairs, or rehabilitating from an injury - or just something soft to hold.
What did you learn from the experience?
The experience gained is an understanding for the girls that the little things done, that took kindness, thoughtfulness, really do make a difference for someone else.