December 20, 2016
Residents Surprise Staff Members with Homemade Holiday Gifts
Residents at LindenGrove Communities assisted living apartments in Waukesha brought tears of joy to staff members earlier this month at the employee holiday celebration.
The residents stopped by the party to deliver handmade tie blankets to the team – a project that had “secretly” been in the works for nearly a year.
More than 30 residents and family members took part in creating the blankets. The project was conducted partly in secret, and partly right in front of unknowing employees. LindenGrove Communities team members were under the impression the blankets were being created for newborn kittens to keep them warm.
When the residents presented the team with the 10 blankets – one for each staff member – there was a lot of joy and thankfulness.
“We felt very much honored to be working in a setting like this,” said Nikki Moro, assisted living manager at LindenGrove Communites. “When you talk about family – this is it.
“We feel like we have a real purpose here. It was very special. It was very sweet. There were a lot of hugs afterward,” she added.
For the residents, the yearlong project was well worth it.
“When I moved here three years ago, I could not believe how everyone worked together so well. I am so thankful to be here,” said Alberta Krause, one of the residents to spearhead the project. “It’s always felt like a home. I just love the atmosphere.”
The group called on Marie Zambriski, a resident for the past year, for her expertise in tying the perfect square knot on many of the blankets.
“It was a great experience,” she said. “It was fun to give them the presents – their eyes were just beaming,” she said. “They do such a great job, and this was a chance for us to say we love them.”
The residents also presented the LindenGrove Communties team with an appreciation poster that is now hung in the lobby.
* Linden Heights is the name of the building.
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