West University Elementary Students Deliver Baked Goods to Area Seniors
Last week, West University Elementary students and their families participated in the first annual “Holiday Deliveries” community service project. Students who volunteered were given the name and address of a senior citizen living at a local assisted-care or nursing facility. They were asked to help their parents bake homemade treats and deliver them in person to help spread holiday cheer among those who may not have families living nearby. Families delivered cookies, cakes, smiles and Christmas carols to a total of 217 seniors in our community.
“So often people avoid interacting with the elderly. Their white hair, wrinkled skin, missing teeth, diminished faculties, and sometimes gruff demeanor scare off visitors,” said Julia Eliott, whose mother, Norma Flanagan, is a resident of the Healthcare Center at Bayou Manor Nursing Home. “But when you have parents, as you do, who encourage their children to be a part of this passage of life, to talk with and touch these older people, it brings so much joy.”
It doesn’t just bring joy to the seniors; the children who delivered their homemade treats left feeling a new sense of connection.
“It made me feel happy to give, and to see how happy the residents were when they saw us and heard us sing,” said third grader Meredith Lium.
Aaryn Silva, mom of first-grader Will, said, “My boys truly enjoyed helping out in the kitchen but the highlight for me was our chat with the sweet lady we baked for. She invited our whole family into her house and we had a lovely time visiting with her. We even discovered that we have some mutual friends in the neighborhood. She invited us to stop in anytime and I hope to keep up our new friendship.”