The members of our Outreach Group lead the philanthropic efforts at Fairing Way and have inspired other residents to join them in giving back to the community. The group's 10 members, which include Janet Murphy; Barbara Murphy; Ina Jones; and Harriet Toriano, meet regularly to come up with new initiatives for helping the community and engaging other residents in the process. Some of the groups recent charitable successes include:
November Food Drive: What's life without a little friendly competition? In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the Outreach Group organized a food drive to see which of the four resident floors could donate the most food items. While the fourth-floor residents were the official winners of the competition, the members of the Weymouth Food Pantry were the big winners as they collected 52 grocery bags filled to the brim with 597 food items from our residents.
Knitting for the Needy: The Outreach Group enlisted the help of their fellow residents to knit and crochet hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for children and young adults in the Weymouth School System. They also received donations of store-bought hats and gloves from residents who may not be as sharp with a needle, but still wanted to contribute to a good cause.
"This project has given a lot of us a reason to get back into knitting," said Janet Murphy. "We want everyone to be warm in the winter."
The community's knitting crew was recently asked by a police officer to knit some warm hats and scarves for the area's homeless population, so they'll be returning to their usual spot by the fireplace in the lounge to continue their charitable efforts and chat with one another.
Coop's Troops Toy Drive: The Coop's Troops Foundation was formed by a Weymouth family who lost their son to a rare childhood disease at just three years old. The Outreach Group teamed with Coop's Troops to collect toys from fellow residents and donate them to the Boston Children's Hospital, My Brother's Keeper and several struggling Weymouth families.
The Giving Tree: The mission of this project is to ensure that all the residents in Dwyer Home, Fairing Way's skilled nursing neighborhood, receive a gift on Christmas. Our activities coordinator, Julie Derr, teamed with Barbara Murphy to coordinate this project and find out what each Dwyer Home resident wanted for Christmas.
She wrote down these items on paper mittens that were hung on the Fairing Way community's Christmas tree and invited residents and staff to take a mitten from the tree, buy the requested gift, wrap it and deliver it to her. The gifts will be handed out at the community holiday party in mid-December.
Ready to learn more about life at Fairing Way and all the options for active 55+ independent living? Call 781-660-5000 to connect with a member of the Fairing Way team.