The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter at High School East, along with their advisers Jaclyn Fettinger and Connie Smith, wanted to do something special this year for the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In the past, the chapter has always visited the homes with holiday wreaths for the residents and played games and socialized with them. This year, they were unable to visit the nursing homes but they still wanted to make their holidays special.
Many of these residents have not seen family members and friends in 10 months. The chapter members decided to raise money for items they needed and missed the most – shampoo, lotion, nail polish, lipstick, pocket tissues, word search books, body wash and toothbrushes. Simple items that are very missed by the residents since they’ve had no visitors bringing them. The chapter made and sold pot holder gift sets with various sayings on them. Each set had a cookie mix and a kitchen utensil. The chapter members also put together a holiday dessert cookbook to add to the order. Fifty-two sets were sold. The chapter made the wreaths for the residents to hang on their doors. Twenty-five wreaths were delivered to Luxor Nursing Home at Mills Pond.
Through the gift set sales, the chapter raised $500, which allowed them to buy more than 400 of the items they wanted. These were distributed between Mills Pond Nursing Home and Sunrise Assisted Living in Smithtown. Members of the chapter also made a video sending holiday messages, songs and a dance routine for the residents to watch. In a year where many of these residents felt all alone, FCCLA wanted to bring them some holiday cheer and let them know they are thinking of them.