King Farm Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Ingleside Spirit Of Giving Continues To Shine
The lives of homeless individuals and families became a little brighter through the efforts of volunteers from Ingleside at King Farm who helped out at the annual Homeless Resource Day in Gaithersburg in November. Inglesiders sporting official navy-blue T-shirts staffed information booths, helped attendees fill out forms and steered them to the resources they needed.
That was just one instance of how staff and residents manifested the Ingleside spirit of giving. Ingleside neighbors spent an afternoon baking cookies and other goodies and delivering them to the Men’s Homeless Shelter in Rockville. The retirement community’s leaders rolled up their sleeves, donned aprons and made 84 sandwiches for Bethesda Cares, which distributed them to homeless shelters in Montgomery County. And one of the community’s groups, the Ingleknits, made a lot of warm scarves that were given out to homeless residents at the Original House of Pancakes in Rockville on Christmas Day.
More than a hundred families throughout Montgomery County were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal thanks to Project Turkey, a fundraising drive spearheaded by residents Alan and Nancy. They raised enough money to buy 144 Safeway gift cards that were distributed by the county Department of Social Services.
The community’s annual winter coat drive was especially successful during the 2017 holiday season. Barbara, a resident who volunteers at the Montgomery County Crisis Center, helped organize the drive and transported the coats to the center.
Ingleside at King Farm residents didn’t forget the county’s children, either. Thanks to Inglesiders’ donations, toys overflowed the boxes at the King Farm Toys for Tots collection center, providing gifts for lots of children who might not otherwise have had any packages to open on Christmas morning.
“Ingleside residents make my job a pleasure every day,” says Ingleside’s Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Loube. “I am in awe of their generosity of spirit, time, resources and the energy they have to make wonderful things happen for people who are less fortunate.”
That spirit of giving extends throughout the year, Loube notes. Volunteers from this very special continuing care retirement community serve organizations from the local library to homeless centers. For many, giving back becomes like a second vocation and a special part of their active, engaged retirement lives.
If you would like to find out how you can become a part of this vital and unique community and our upcoming Gardenside addition, please call us at 240-205-7085 or request information here.