THE LADIES OF THE LEGACY WILLOW BEND KNITTING GROUP DONATE A RECORD 3,887 HANDMADE
ITEMS TO 12 DALLAS AND PLANO ORGANIZATIONS
The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend made their annual donation of handmade knitted goods to 12 Greater Dallas and Plano organizations this week. This year’s gift included 3,887 scarves, hats, dolls, blankets, and washcloths that were distributed at the event to representatives from Christ United Methodist Church, Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, Dallas Police Department, Hope’s Door, Jewish Family Service, Plano Independent School District, Plano Police Department, Minnie’s Food Pantry, National Council of Jewish Women, Streetside Showers, Trinity Basin Preparatory, and Vickery Meadow Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.
The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s only life care retirement community, is home to The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend, the community’s knitting group that has created 24,877 pieces since its inception. The group of knitters, who live at the Jewish-sponsored community, also worked this year with Girl Scout troop 3537 to make pompoms for each of the 1,724 hats. After the troop completed its 50-hour service project, Bank of America employees stepped in to continue the work.
“Our knitters do such a wonderful Mitzvah, which means ‘good deed’ in Hebrew,” said Rivae Campo, volunteer coordinator at The Legacy Willow Bend. “These women knit and crochet every Monday as a group, and work individually in their spare time, to create these precious articles intended to give warmth, joy, and comfort for those that need it most. We loved seeing their passion attract others to their efforts this year – sometimes the opportunity to serve is the greatest gift of all.”
The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend are passionate about the importance of volunteering and giving back to the greater community, and see the annual distribution event as a culmination of their dedication and efforts. This year’s donation also included toiletry kits with handmade washcloths, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
“Coming here is a very emotional experience, it really does make you want to keep doing what you’re doing,” said Karen Kurzman, one of The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend. “Everything you do is very much appreciated and you have a sense of giving back.”
In addition to Kurzman, the group of resident knitters consists of Ailsa Kull, Christina Chan, Dottie Lombardi, Eda Narosov, Jo Frie, Marilyn Lemont, Nancy Hofstetter, Ruth Altman, Sundra Culver, Vicki Shepard, and Vy Hansen. Non-resident knitters also join the group on Mondays at 3 p.m., including Carol Sobol, Ellen Davis, Jean Spencer, Karen Nathan, Leena Dominick, Susan Friedman, and Susan Moger
If you are interested in supporting The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend in their work and would like to support their efforts, consider donating yarn. The group works with medium worsted weight yarn, and would appreciate any support from the community. Donations to the group may be dropped off with the concierge at the front desk at The Legacy Willow Bend.
ABOUT THE LEGACY SENIOR COMMUNITIES
The Legacy Senior Communities Inc. is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend (a life care community), The Legacy at Home (Personal Assistance Services and Home Health Care Services), and The Legacy Midtown Park (a new, premier rental community coming in 2020). The Legacy Senior Communities is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing a wide range of services to seniors. Although the services and communities of The Legacy are Jewish-sponsored, they honor and welcome all faiths.
The Legacy Willow Bend is Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, offering residents a maintenance-free lifestyle complete with resort-style services and amenities. The community is situated on a 28-acre site at Spring Creek Parkway between Preston Road and Ohio Drive. In addition to offering an active and independent resident lifestyle, The Legacy Willow Bend has a full variety of health care services onsite including assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care, and rehab care, each in separate neighborhoods. The Legacy Willow Bend is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit retirement community and the only Jewish-sponsored life care retirement community in Texas. For information call (972) 468-6208 or visit www.thelegacyWB.org.
Serving families since 2011, The Legacy at Home provides personal assistance services, home health care services and hospice to seniors in the Greater Dallas area, as well as Legacy community residents if needed, with the same level of distinction that has defined The Legacy Senior Communities since 1953. Personal assistance services include assistance with daily living, companion services, short-term respite care, escorts to appointments, and transitional care services. Home health care includes Medicare-certified home health care and post-surgery therapies including physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Hospice delivers expert care for patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness as well as support for the entire family, including education, emotional support, pain management, alternative therapies and bereavement support. The Legacy at Home is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company. For more information on The Legacy at Home’s services call (972) 244-7700 or visit ww.thelegacyathome.org.
The Legacy Midtown Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit premier rental continuing care retirement community currently under development in Dallas. Located on ten acres on Manderville Lane, between Meadow Road and Royal Lane near US-75, the community will offer maintenance-free independent living, as well as the full complement of health care services such as assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. The community is expected to complete construction in 2020. For more information on The Legacy Midtown Park call (972) 468-6207.