To the editor:
As our Care Jugs for Soldiers comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what transpired here at 57 Haymeadow IRA over the past couple of months.
Anne Martin, a direct-support professional, shared an idea from Pinterest which consisted of cutting the side of a 2-liter bottle, filling it with various items and decorating it, essentially making a care package. With some constructive team thinking, this idea turned into Care jugs for Soldiers.
A list was developed consisting of various items ranging from travel-size toiletries, snacks, candy, note pads, pens and pencils - pretty much anything that could fit in a 2-liter bottle. Then boxes were distributed to various locations on the Sunmount DDSO campus as well as various businesses and community residences throughout the villages of Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Weekly, the direct-support professionals as well as the individuals would go around and collect these items. Once enough items were collected, the process of making the care packages began. The direct-support professionals and the individuals took time out of their busy schedules to create these decorative care jugs and boxed them up for shipping. Approximately 90 care jugs were created and are going to be shipped to our soldiers in various places throughout the world. All parties involved did an excellent job and embraced the fact that they were giving back to the community as well as the soldiers, who have devoted their lives to protect our independence and our nation.
These types of projects are directly related to our agency's mission statement: "We help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives." This project created positive interaction, positive relationships, teamwork and a sense of inclusion for giving back to the community.
We would like to give a huge "THANK YOU" to EVERYBODY that made a donation. A special thank-you to our local businesses: Shaheen's IGA, CBNA insurance company, The Cuttin' Room, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boulevard Wine & Spirits and the Swiss Kitchen for the use of your space. Also a special thank-you to our Sunmount campus and our community sites: Wawbeek Avenue, Underwood Road, 61 Haymeadow, Moody Road, Bellevue Terrace, Little Wolf, 78 and 80 Edgewood, 12 St. Bernard and the members AKTION club of Saranac Lake. More projects are in the planning process at this time. We look forward to working with you in the near future.
Travis Staves, DA II