Instill a Bit of Christmas Magic with Holiday Giving
November 17, 2010 —
Bay, WI---The needs of mature, homebound residents in Door County are
significant, according to Ann Bennett, Executive Director of
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Caregivers of Door County, a non-profit organization whose
mission is to comfort and assist people experiencing problems arising from
conditions or limitations that lead to a deterioration in their quality of life.
Demand for Neighbor-to-Neighbor services is growing; last year, 959 clients were
served, up from 606 clients the previous year. Many of these clients are mature
residents in the area.
The Holiday Giving Program was originated by Baylake Bank’s Premier Club
Coordinator Barbara Malzahn more than 13 years ago, and was created in part due
to this continuing community need. Working in conjunction with
Neighbor-to-Neighbor, the Door County Senior Center, and the Social Services
Department, Baylake Bank volunteers team up with generous community contributors
to provide gifts and personal care items to those in need.
This season, a Holiday Gift Tree will be displayed at Baylake Bank Conference
Center beginning November 26, 2010. Members of the community are invited to
select from the tree a number which represents an individual whose name remains
anonymous. “Baylake Bank and Walmart provide the baskets, and by filling it with
cheer – and some basic necessities like socks, toothpaste, and lotion – you can
really make the holidays brighter for someone in our community,” said Malzahn.
people I refer to Barb for the Holiday Giving Program are lonely or isola
due to their physical health or because they have no family or community
connections. This program instills in them the magic of Christmas and lets each
of them know the community truly cares about them,” Bennett said.
The filled baskets are collected and delivered prior to Christmas by Malzahn and
her elves. For more information about how to participate, please contact Barb at
(920) 743-5551 ext. 1136.