When planning the activities for National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17, our Elder’s pondered on what to do for a community outreach project this year.
Our elder community has an excellent track record for doing community outreach projects and fundraisers for charitable organizations including the Mid-South Food Bank, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
With many ideas circulating, we found ourselves wanting to do something new, something meaningful and something a little further outside of our community. The Quality of Life Department and the Resident Council at SHC of Memphis came up with the idea to make blankets for dogs at the Tennessee River Rescues organization located in Crump, TN.
Many of the dogs at this rescue were pulled from the local high kill animal shelter, some come in when the shelter is overcrowded and refuses them, and others are surrendered or strays. Founder of Tennessee River Rescues, Mary Davis, works endlessly to save and care for the dogs of Hardin County.
The Elders have had a blast making the fleece blankets for the precious rescue dogs and can’t wait to deliver them! On June 11th our elders plan to take the blankets to the Tennessee River Rescues headquarters. We will keep you posted on this ongoing effort to give back to others and our furry friends!
For more information about Tennessee River Rescues, or to donate, visit their shelter page at Petfinder.com, Adoptapet.com or like them on Facebook.