Purple was the color of choice for the Super Purple Friday Ravens Party at St. Martin’s Home. Residents, staff and volunteers wore Raven apparel and were treated to purple frosted donuts and purple punch. Keith Karas, Director of Human Resources, started the event with the famous “oh, oh pump up,” the Ravens call to rally! The cheer and enthusiasm generated by our pep rally must have helped – the Ravens beat the 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl! Go Ravens!
The following week, the Activities Department hosted a Soup-er” Bowl luncheon. Homemade vegetable soup, fresh rolls and fruit were served. It was nice to see the support of the construction workers who joined us. The soup was made by Sister Robert Francis using her mother’s recipe “with dabbling highlights from her sister.” The recipe, which Sister Robert Francis loves to make, has been a favorite in her family for years and was a favorite with everyone in attendance! Many thanks to Cindy, Stephanie and Sister Lourdes Marie, along with our volunteers, for hosting a super “soup-er” bowl! Join us on Friday, March 1 between 11 and 1 p.m. for tomato soup and grilled cheese – the perfect Lenten Friday lunch.
Everyone loves to receive a gift of love…especially at Valentine’s Day. Our young volunteers, Maura (age 6), Maggie (age 5), Libby (22 months), along with their friend Rebecca and their parents, visited with Residents to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These young ladies created handmade cards to give each Resident. The family has been volunteering since the fall of 2012. Maura said she “likes to make people happy,” while Maggie said she “kind-of likes to sing,” but also enjoys directing the songs. Their parents believe in the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor and want to act as role models for their girls. This sense of wanting to give back and serve the elderly exemplifies the wonderful volunteers who visit with our Residents. Sister Lawrence Mary says the Residents light up when young visitors come! “When families volunteer together, it helps form a deep bond between parent and child and gives the children the opportunity to model their parents’ volunteer service,” said Sister Lawrence Mary.