Josh Delawder, activitiy director, and Mary Carroll, activity aide, decorated the dining hall to celebrate all the volunteers have done for the residents. Alan Shular, cook, and his dietary team, prepared roasted pork loin with scalloped potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie.
Associates presented each of the 20 attending volunteers, and the therapy dogs, with certificates of appreciation. Guests also received gift bags and door prizes ranging from movie tickets to dinner at Olive Garden.
“It was the nicest ceremony I’ve attended,” said volunteer Bill Broad, who brings his therapy dog to visit residents weekly. “No one else has celebrated our volunteering in this manner before.”
Volunteers help the center in many ways. One leads Sunday services and organizes the community to donate gifts for residents around holidays and birthdays. Another organizes a group that “adopts” patients who do not have family, and still another leads a weekly hymn sing and group discussions.
Life Care Center of Hilton Head plans to make the Harvest Festival an annual event.