Rotary Chilliwack After Hours President Patti Lawn (right) delivered donated Girl Guide cookies to Crystal Ridge Manor Retirement Home recently, as part of the club’s random acts of kindess. (Submitted photo)

Acts of kindness a way to ‘bloom where planted’ say Chilliwack Rotarians

Cookie donations, cards and chocolates help lift spirits at Crystal Ridge Manor

Their motto is “bloom where you are planted,” and they’re doing just that.

Members of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack After Hours has been finding ways to make a difference in all situations, including this COVID-19 pandemic.

The club’s president, Patti Lawn, has challenged all Rotarians to look for opportunities to give a helping hand where they can. To that end, their club joined the other three Rotary clubs in Chilliwack in the Feed the Hungry campaign, making sure Chilliwack’s most vulnerable children are still receiving nutritious food during this time, despite schools being closed to them.

READ MORE: Food hampers being distributed today to hundreds of Chilliwack school children during pandemic

And for Easter, club members sent cards to every senior in the Crystal Ridge Manor Retirement Home. Rotarian Kathy Funk along with Lawn delivered Girl Guide cookies donated by club member Lara Clayton on behalf of Aldergrove Credit Union. The staff also received a thank you card and wrapped chocolates to bring a little cheer.

Margaret Kostrzewa, general manager at Crystal Ridge said “this just makes our day as the staff are maxed out and we are all working long hours.”

“There are 24 residents, and everyone is well” she added.

“During these difficult times, our seniors are missing their usual visits,” Lawn said. “They are aware that this virus is very dangerous for their population and so I thought it would be a small thing we could do to make a difference.”

So, she adds, whether you bang pots at 7 p.m. or you donate an item to the food bank, she hopes everyone in Chilliwack finds a way to “bloom where we are planted,” and make a difference in our corner of the world during these challenging times.

READ MORE: Chilliwack non-profits suffering financially with cancellations


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