This month the Western New York community stepped up to make a difference in the lives of 125 residents and patients at the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. For this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign, which ran Tuesday, December 1st, the non-profit organization launched “Operation Lifting Spirits”, which allowed donors to anonymously send residents a Christmas care package.
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. Gifts (delivered December 15th) included cookie care packages and beautiful poinsettia plants, resulting in surprised smiles and excitement amongst residents at Brothers of Mercy’s Nursing & Rehab Center and Assisted Living & Memory Care Community.
States Brothers of Mercy Administrator Mindee McDonald,
“We are incredibly grateful to these donors who gave from their hearts all because they wanted to spread joy with our residents. Thanks to “Operation Lifting Spirits”, every single resident of Sacred Heart Home, and over 75 at our Nursing & Rehab Center, received a thoughtful care package. We’ve all been through a challenging year, and I really think this simple gesture made each one of our residents feel special and supported!”
“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.