For the second time in two months, the Western New York community stepped up to make a difference in the lives of over 120 residents and patients at the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. The 2020 holiday season marked the launch of Brothers of Mercy’s “Operation Lifting Spirits” Campaign, which provides supporters of the organization the opportunity to anonymously send BOM residents holiday-themed care packages. This month, Brothers of Mercy’s “Spread the Love” online fundraiser enabled donors to order cookie, cupcake and Valentine chocolate care packages, along with greeting cards that could be filled out with personalized messages.
More than 120 of these online orders were dedicated to Operation Lifting Spirits. Gifts were delivered on February 12th and spread much excitement amongst residents at Brothers of Mercy’s Nursing & Rehab Center and Assisted Living & Memory Care Community.
To date, the campaign has risen over $2,700 in donations and provided 245 BOM residents with care packages. All proceeds go directly back into patient care at Brothers of Mercy. Like all senior care facilities throughout the state, Covid-19 safety precautions have restricted visitor access, making it challenging for residents to stay connected to families and loves ones. These donations were a simple way to make a big difference and spread some cheer among residents that have been through so much in the past year. States BOM Foundation Executive Director Nancy Gugino,
“This really demonstrates just how much heart our supporters in the community have. So many people stepped up once again to make a difference. We had some donors that contributed 10, 15, sometimes even 20 gifts for our residents! The level of generosity is just astounding, and we are so grateful for the support, especially during a time as challenging as this.”
“Operation Lifting Spirits” is an extension of Brothers of Mercy’s signature “Lifting Spirits” campaign, which debuted in May of 2020 with BOM Spirit Week and the “Lifting Spirits Motorcade” as a tribute to the organization’s hundreds of healthcare heroes and senior residents. Dozens of community members and organizations, along with family members and loved ones of residents, have supported the campaign through donations, in-kind gifts, meals for healthcare workers, greeting cards, letters and messages of hope, plus so much more, in response to the pandemic. Brothers of Mercy is grateful for their continued generosity and support.
About The Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus: Ranked 14th on Newsweek’s “America’s Best Nursing Homes List”, along with ranking as Western New York’s largest retirement community, 5-star Skilled Nursing Center, and independent living community by Buffalo Business First, the Brothers of Mercy’s not-for-profit, Catholic mission has been serving WNY seniors for almost 100 years. Offering a continuum of lifestyle and care options on a 126-acre, 5-star Wellness Campus in Clarence, the Brothers of Mercy ministry of services include Skilled Nursing, Inpatient & Outpatient Rehabilitation, Enhanced Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living, Spiritual Care, Respite, Hospice & Companion Care. For more information, call 716-759-6985 or visit www.brothersofmercy.org