The Life Care Center of Auburn recently held a fund drive to benefit Auburn Youth and Family Services.

Life Care has held drives for AYFS before, according to field coordinator Beth Brackett.  But this year they tried something a little different.

“We made it an inter-generational effort” said Ms Brackett.  “We involved employees, families of residents, some of the residents themselves, and a few young people who volunteered.”

From left, AYFS Executive Director Sally D'Arcangelo; Life Care Center Executive Director, Steven Hall; Life Care Ceter Assitant Activity Coordinator, Sharon Vottiero; and Life Care Center Cook Supervisor, Cheryl Sutter

From left, AYFS Executive Director Sally D’Arcangelo; Life Care Center Executive Director, Steven Hall; Life Care Ceter Assitant Activity Coordinator, Sharon Vottiero; and Life Care Center Cook Supervisor, Cheryl Sutter

Instead of simply donating a check, the teens took the funds and went shopping for items AYFS might use for their client families.  “We wanted them [volunteer teenagers] to see what these items cost, how it adds up” added Brackett.

Sally D’Arcangelo, Executive Director of AYFS, was on hand to receive the six boxes of toys, food and other household items, plus a few hula hoops.  There was also a box of pet foods.  “It’s often overlooked.” said D’Arcangelo.  “But many of our clients rely on their pets for emotional support, and the pets need to eat, too.  It is not just a luxury” she added.

D’Arcangelo was ecstatic over the donation.  “Wait until the kids see me come back with this” she exclaimed.  “They’re going to think it’s Christmas!”