Susie Dashiell, Assistant Director of the Retreat at Church Ranch Assisted Living in Westminster, Colorado, says, “I believe that one way to keep my elderly friends healthy and happy is to stay needed in the community.” To that end, she supports her residents as they sponsor children in Africa and Central America, bake cookies for a local food bank, send popcorn balls to soldiers in Iraq, sew quilts for an AIDS orphanage in Africa, and raise money for a school in India.
Heifer International Gift Catalog
At the holidays, Susie’s charges enjoy honoring their loved ones with the gift of charity made in their name chosen from the Heifer catalog. “They use the money that they raise from bake sales to buy chickens and goats for women in Africa. I think you can also help to build wells.” Givers can send “honor cards” as gifts via email or print them out.