Helping out is rewarding


To the Editor:

At this holiday season, almost time to make our New Year’s resolutions, I want to suggest you will feel very useful if you heed Betsy Burmeister’s recent plea to become a volunteer at Windemere. As one who has been spending at least part of Tuesday morning almost weekly there for the past three or four years, I can attest you will feel useful.

Recently, the annual treelighting party was held in the hospital lobby, and short of volunteers, Betsy was forced to decide which of the residents would most enjoy the lighting, carol sing, and refreshments. I was there making sure a family member was attending, helped by her niece, and after most had gone in the elevator, noticed a resident I knew was sitting nearby. When I told her what was going on, she was sure she’d like to attend, so as soon as I told a staff member, we were off. This resident was all smiles throughout the program, and thanked me heartily for wheeling her to it, joining other members.

Not all residents have family members available, and it is a challenge to move them to the activity room downstairs, where a wonderful variety of activities are available every day. As one fortunate to have had piano lessons from an early age, once a month I play favorite old songs for those who enjoy them. You may have a skill that you could share, but just a helping hand, or arm, is enough.

It could well make 2018 a happier year for you.

Leigh Smith
Vineyard Haven