Making Dreams Come True

by Cedar Village

The holiday season is very important at Cedar Village. The staff does their best to grant wishes and bring each resident joy for the holidays. Each year during the holiday season at Cedar Village, gifts are given from Cedar Village to each healthcare resident. The Resident Life Department asks each resident what they would like as a Chanukah or Christmas gift. Then, a staff member shops for the gifts. From candy, to a book, to a fleece jacket, to a Cincinnati Reds street sign to hang on their wall, each gift is wrapped, labeled, and delivered by dedicated volunteers. The residents are always delighted to see their holiday wishes granted, and those who request an item of clothing can be seen proudly wearing their new clothes. Your donation will help continue this meaningful tradition.

This project will fulfill special wishes, dreams, and hopes of seniors living in a healthcare/retirement community. At the end of their lives, we strive to make their dreams come true and improve lives.

At Cedar Village, we like to make dreams come true. Jane came to Cedar Village for rehabilitation following a stroke. She is a younger woman than some of our other stroke victims and her goal, as well as the goal of our therapists was to return home to live as normal a life as possible with her family. Jane’s speech therapist made a request for a special voice app for Jane’s IPod – a “Touch Chat” to help her communicate when she returned home. This app was vital because Jane has apraxia and had trouble communicating. We were able to grant Jane’s (and her therapist’s) wish to aid her communication skills. Your donation will help make dreams come true for patients like Jane.

      This week, our hospice team helped make a dream come true for one of their patients, Alex.  Alex is a big fan of Cincinnati Bengal AJ Green, and our team arranged for AJ to come to Cedar Village to surprise Alex.  This was made possible through one of our special funds which helps create wishes for our residents.  We bought Alex a Bengals shirt and hat.  AJ brought Alex an autographed number 18 Bengals jersey, game ball and a pair of black cleats with orange laces. Alex really enjoyed this special visit.  The next day, Channel 12 News came out to interview Alex and his wife.  Thanks to our hospice team for this special surprise and mitzvah

A Wish Granted!

 At Cedar Village, our mission is that aging will be an enriching and fulfilling experience for the individuals who live in our retirement community.  And so we try to make special dreams come true for residents who have no family members to provide special items or take them on a special outing. 

 John had a simple request – he needed some new short sleeve shirts as spring and summer approach.  We paired him up with a team member who took him shopping and then took him out to lunch at one of his favorite restaurants.  It was just as special for the team member as it was for John.  Your generous gift will help residents like John have special wish granted. 

Cedar Village has created a fund to make wishes come true for our residents including each resident living in the Health Care Center receiving a special holiday gift.  Gifts were distributed by volunteers during Hanukkah and on Mitzvah Day. 

We had seven volunteers, juniors and seniors from Mason High School who came right to Cedar Village after finishing their exams for the semester, for wrapping the gifts. Those gifts were then distributed to the residents throughout Cedar Village. 

One volunteer said, “I really enjoyed going into each room and visiting with the residents and passing out the gifts to the residents individually. They really enjoyed receiving a new blanket, a necklace, a new sweater or a new hat.”

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Organization Information

Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org
Project Leader:
Carol Silver Elliott
CEO/President
Mason, OH United States