Winkler Daycare kids pose with visitors from Salem Home as they sold lemonade and cookies to raise funds to replace blinds at Salem. The event May 10 was a success with more than $1,000 raised in the celebration of the bond they share with the grandmas and grandpas of Salem. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)
Winkler’s youngest members baked cookies and mixed up lemonade in an effort to help the community’s elders.
Winkler Daycare hosted a lemonade stand on May 11, to raise funds for the Salem Foundation’s bid to replace blinds for 125 rooms.
The project is estimated to cost $49,500.
Winkler Daycare’s goal was to replace one blind, by raising $300.
Ang Nickel of the Winkler Daycare said they were wildly successful, raising $1,020 which will pay for more than three blinds. “Thank you to the Winkler community for coming out and supporting us,” she said. “It was a great day.”
She said they share a connection with Salem Home and their residents.
“We go to Salem Home once a month, every third Friday and our daycare kids have a bond with the grandmas and grandpas,” she said. “It’s an amazing bond just to watch them go in there. We go in to play we go in to read stories, we sing them songs even You Are My Sunshine in German...”
“Kids just love their grandma and grandpa friends,” she added.
Nickel said the children embraced the idea of raising funds very quickly.
“They’re so giving and they’re so generous with their hearts and their love,” she said.
Nickel showed the kids pictures of the blinds that needed replacement. “They were right on top of it and excited,” she said.
The children were taken to Access Credit Union were they accepted their $10 pay it forward cash, and then went to the store to buy ingredients and other supplies. They also took part in baking the cookies and finally running the lemonade stand.
Cookies were also baked by NPC, staff and some parents.
This isn’t the first time the children helped raise funds. Two years ago, Winkler Daycare raised $583 for Fort MacMurray.
Salem Home CEO Sherry Janzen arrived at the lemonade stand with residents.
“It’s inspiring because children learn from an early age, that they will pay it forward,” she said.
Janzen said it’s good that the kids come to Salem Home for monthly visits, allowing them to get used to older people in wheelchairs.
She added that Salem Home residents also benefit greatly from the visits.
“You can hear the laughter throughout the entire building, and it’s little people laughter,” she said. “It’s good for residents to hear childrens’ laughter, and to see the children running around, just enjoying themselves.