Landmark Village marks holiday season by giving back to the community

Sarnia retirement community spreads holiday cheer to hospice, Inn of the Good Shepherd and women’s shelter

Pictured above, Landmark Village residents Bob Nelson and Dorothy Langford visit with Santa during the retirement community’s Christmas party.

Landmark Village was buzzing with activity in the weeks leading up to Christmas, as the Sarnia retirement home hosted activities that underscored Steeves & Rozema’s mission of “creating communities that are good for life.”

The holiday season kicked off with Landmark Village’s annual Christmas bazaar on Nov. 30. The home’s Great Hall was packed with vendors and there was a tea room where, for $2, people could enjoy a hot cup of tea and a dessert. Between the tea room, the $10 vendor fee and individual donations, Landmark Village raised and donated $500 to the St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia.

Landmark Village also had a “mitten tree” in its activity room, and residents, staff and family members were encouraged to donate gloves, hats, socks and scarves, which were given to the Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia Lambton just before Christmas. About 40 items were donated.

Landmark Village also participated in the Adopt a Family program run by the Inn of the Good Shepherd, which provides supports to adults and families facing emergency situations.

Residents and staff were given a Christmas-present wish list from the family they sponsored. Landmark Village fun co-ordinator Brent Hart collected the donations and bought items from the list.

“The residents really got behind the idea, and a few generous family members also donated, along with a donation from Steeves & Rozema,” Brent tells S&R Today.

The sponsored family included a mother, father, two boys, aged 11 and 4, and a six-year-old girl.

“One special request was by the six-year-old girl who had asked for a Barbie house last year and she did not receive one from Santa,” Brent says. “I was very happy and so were the residents that this year she got her Barbie house.

“I hoped that through donations from residents, staff and family members we could provide a terrific Christmas to a family of five living in Sarnia, and I was not disappointed.”

Aside from the community initiatives Landmark Village participated in over the Christmas season, there were also in-home celebrations.

A group of Grade 3 students from Cathcart Boulevard Public School treated residents to a performance of their Christmas recital on Dec. 13.

“The residents really enjoyed seeing the young children perform, and after the recital the kids and residents enjoyed singing some Christmas carols together,” Brent says.

On Dec. 19, Landmark Village hosted its annual resident and staff Christmas celebration. Renowned pianist Frank St. Germain provided the entertainment, and Landmark Village sales and marketing director Tania Bergen arranged for a Santa to pop in for a visit. Santa, played by Larry Hewitt, spent time interacting with residents, which was a huge hit, Brent says.

“He interacted with residents and many had their picture taken with him,” Brent says. “The room was filled with smiles and I was so happy to see residents who normally wouldn’t be that involved enjoying themselves.”

Brent adds: “This Christmas season was an outstanding one because of how residents and staff got involved and really worked well together.”

This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.

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