Nursing Home Residents Benefit from Community Support

During the month of March, many local citizens donated their time, talents, and monetary support to the Cimarron Memorial Nursing Home. The staff and residents of the facility are deeply appreciative of the many services rendered.

Jan Gerald and Kay Prather brought their classes of second graders to learn about the birds in the aviary and to explore the gazebo. The children were very attentive and very polite. It was agreed the second grade children would return on April 7 for their Easter egg hunt. It is also planned that Marlene Clark's kindergarten students will hunt for Easter eggs later this week on the premises.

Jacque Gillespie donated a digital camera for use by the staff. Other persons donating their time and talents were: Judy Harkins, Jeanne Lathrop, the Blue Grass Boys (Brad James, Frank Lynch, Bob Gayler, and Paul Moses), Mary Ruth Capansky, Tommie Ogston, Rhonda Worm, Nancy David, Mildred Cox (representing the Home Culture Club), Anita Miller, Barbara Tapp, Frank Francis, Ted Smith, Lawrence Snead, Katy Moore, Evan Thornton, Bryant Thornton, Devin and Jason Armstrong.

Those donating to the aviary in memory of Hollys Moore were: the Allen Family, Howard Williamson, Ray Henshaw, Claude and Dyan Smith, Bill Mock, and Art and Linnette Williamson. Janice Smith made a donation in honor of her mother, Camilla Davidson. Sally Parker made a donation in memory of James Elms, Carl Garner, and Ruby Barnes. Others making donations in memory of Ruby Barnes were the Smith family, Beverly Baker, Evelyn Smith, Lester and Velma Trembley, the Freeland family, and the Miller family. Ruth Atkins also donated to the aviary.

Frankie Armstrong, Social Services, reported, “The residents have been watching the bricks go up around the gazebo. The lights have been installed and really look great at night. Soon trees will be planted and benches set up. The residents will have more and more activities under the gazebo as the weather warms up, beginning with an Easter egg hunt on April 7 [for the classes of Kay Prather and Jan Gerald], and a band concert will be given in the gazebo in May. The residents are in need of big, floppy hats, visors, sunglasses, and gardening gloves.” She also shared the residents had a successful family dinner and enjoyed their family favorites. Homemade ice cream is also being planned for a social in the near future.

Jan Terry with Eta Alpha Sorority related that Sunday, May 29 is the dedication for the gazebo and landscaping project. The tentative time of the ceremony is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be provided. Music will also be provided by The Old Fiddlers. The nursing home residents will be the guests of honor. Items still needed for the project include benches.

This article will end with thankfulness for each and every kindness done on behalf of the nursing home residents. The Prayer for Volunteers by St. Francis of Assisi is dedicated to each volunteer:


Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.