The Northwest team has formed a partnership with the Gaines Park Senior Living community to help support the incredible residents who call Gaines home. COVID-19 has been difficult on all, and with many unable to visit their family during this time, Northwest corporate, commercial, and training departments wanted to get together to bring a bit of joy to the day of some of the residents.

What started as a mission to create 12 baskets resulted in 24 baskets being created and dropped off to the residents! Below are three that were created by teammates intentionally for a chosen resident.

Resident: Evelyn | Teammate: Paige

Paige from the Northwest Accounting team chose Ms. Evelyn because of their similar interest. Evelyn mentioned a love for bird watching and peanut butter crackers, and as Paige puts it, “We’re kindred spirits I guess.” Paige took the time to handmake a beaded suncatcher for Evelyn to hang in her window and a blanket. She also included some of her favorites: M&M’s and Peanut Butter Crackers.

Evelyn never expected anyone to take the time to do something like this for her! Paige took joy in including everything she was able to within her basket. We are thankful for teammates like Paige who value others well.

Resident: Mr. McNeely | Teammates: Garry & Jim

Wanting to honor a Veteran due to their close military family ties, teammates Garry and Jim chose Gaines Resident Mr. McNeely. He was a Tail Gunner during WW2! Garry and Jim wanted to put together something special as a way to say thank you for his service to our country.

The pair included memorabilia items, candy, a blanket, and other items focused on comfort in their Air Force themed basket.  The only goal for Garry and Jim was to honor this Veteran the best way they could and hopefully bring a smile to his face. We’re thankful for this pair serving others well!

Resident: Gail | Teammates: Carol & Linda

When Northwest teammates Carol and Linda paired up to create a basket, they immediately noticed Gaines Resident Gail because of her hobby with Bible studies and devotional books. The two set out to create a basket that fit Ms. Gail’s likes and hobbies to let her know we were thinking about her!

After noting her favorite color as teal, the pair included a teal devotional book, a bookmark, and matching pens! They also included her favorite candy: Sour Patch Kids! Carol mentioned it was fun to go shopping safely for these and a few other fun items specific for Gail! “I can only imagine how the residents are feeling not being able to go out at all right now. We really enjoyed shopping for her,” said Carol.


We are so thankful for this team that when asked to help, they go above the call. With 24 baskets delivered to the Gaines Residents, the team is hoping to remain involved the best we can while staying safe and listening to the regulations necessary to keep the residents healthy!

The baskets were dropped off with a member of the staff who also wrote a kind letter back to the Northwest team about how much the residents appreciated the gifts. Thank you, Gaines Park, for allowing us to bring some smiles during 2020.

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