Union County Nursing Home supports US Troops
By Janice Boling
June 2, 2011 - Residents at Union County Nursing Home like to keep busy. Forget silly busy work, they want to make a difference in people’s lives! A recent program helps them do just that.
When Mrs. Louise Wimpey mentioned doing something for her grandson, the idea of sending him a quilt was mentioned. It soon became a reality.
Mary Newton, Behavior Management Director, began by piecing together a quilt top to donate to the project. Mary, Mrs. Wimpey, and approximately 10 other residents worked to stitch together the layers. Many other people wrote notes of encouragement and signed their names on the quilt top squares.
The beautiful quilt, cards, and other letters will soon be shipped overseas to Mrs. Wimpey’s grandson LCpl John Wimpey Cagle, Jr. He is a United States Marine currently stationed in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Wimpey says, “John has been in the service a year now. He joined up right after graduation from Chamblee High School. We are so proud of him for becoming a Marine. Maybe this quilt will be like a little bit of home. Isn’t he handsome in his dress blues?”
Many residents and staff signed the quilt. Mary Newton adds, “Everyone including ambulance drivers wanted to sign the quilt. It is a labor of love.”
Nursing home resident Carol Davenport wrote, “From one vet to another.”
Cathy Stiles wrote, “Marines are the greatest folks in the world. Thanking God for you today. God bless and protect you.”
Ms. Newton adds, “Getting the quilt ready took about a month. We plan to do more of these quilts and already have several names on the waiting list. It might take a month or it might take a year to get the next one done. Either way, this project is more than just a fun activity. It’s something worthwhile.”
December 5, 2008 - Christmas tree lighting at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, Georgia
Union County Nursing Home recently held its 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event in Blairsville, Georgia. Residents and members of the community gathered together for this memorable occasion which included a performance by the Nursing Home Bell Choir, refreshments, and a beautiful rendition of the song "Oh Holy Night" by Keith Bragg.
Coordinated by Robin and Lee Roberts of Roberts Mountain Greenhouses, the event was a crowd pleaser. Residents, visitors, and staff enjoyed the evening's festivities and quickly became caught up in the spirit of the season.
Robin and Lee gave materials and many hours of their time to make this Christmas an extra special time for the residents of the Union County Nursing Home. (They have the outside of the nursing home looking spectacular!) Other donations included a live tree, lights, decorations, balloons, and an extra large sheet cake.
Thanks to Roberts Mountain Greenhouses, Inc., Southern Tree Plantation, United Community Bank, Blairsville Home Depot, Nelson's Ace Hardware, Jeanette's Florist, and Blairsville Bi-Lo, for their support. Many thanks also to the dedicated Union County Nursing Home staff and caring volunteers for all that they do, all year long and on special occasions.
Hopefully the Christmas Tree Lighting will become a holiday tradition at Union County Nursing Home. Everyone is already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!