Marlborough – The residents at Christopher Heights of Marlborough Assisted Living love to give back to their community, especially when it involves helping children, and their most recent volunteer project helped them do just that.
Christopher Heights Activities Director Patty Blodgett reached out to Katie Friend, community outreach coordinator at the UMass Office of Advancement in Worcester, to see what they could do.
The plan: have the residents’ package coloring kits for the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. The kits are distributed with the help of the Child Life Program to pediatric patients while they are waiting for a treatment or during a visit to the emergency room. The kits help the kids stay busy through the process and keep their minds off of what they are going through. In all, more than 100 kits were made and donated to the Children’s Medical Center.
“We are so appreciative of the generosity of the residents of Christopher Heights. The kits help to comfort a child during what could be a stressful hospital visit,” said Friend.
“It is very rewarding to the residents that they are connected to the community and helping make a difference in the lives of others,” said Blodgett.