Friends indeed for Moose Mountain Lodge

Did you know about a small but mighty group of people who not only care about what happens to the residents of Moose Mountain Lodge, but truly make time to help them in many ways? This group not only exists but is open to new members wanting to join their team.

Friends of Moose Mountain Lodge came together in 2014 with the mission statement “to enhance the everyday lives of the residents.” Enhancing a person’s life can be a tall order, but for the 42 residents of the lodge it is all the little things that count. The group bought fruit twice a month, purchased flowers to welcome new residents, held family barbecues and even did some upgrades to the back patio of the facility, adding to various decorations to make it feel homier.

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Something the residents have genuinely enjoyed throughout the cold winter months is towel warmers the group purchased for the tub rooms. What a special touch! Even a simple Christmas tree for each resident on Christmas morning brings joy and good cheer.

“We have had generous donations from many groups. Some are our local Lions club, our local legion. and donations from families in memory of residents. We really appreciate these funds to keep our projects going,” Bertha Isleifson shared.

Keeping residents safe from COVID 19 was a main focus as the team struggled to do a few things, but staying within the guidelines set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority has helped them figure out some things that will really brighten the long days of the residents.

Christmas 2020 saw the Bits and Pieces Quilt Club join with the Friends of Moose Mountain and the lodge staff to make 42 quilts, one for each resident. Barb Weber added her talent to the mix donating a quilt as well.

“We are waiting for the day that we can do more things for the residents, and if anyone would like to join our little group or make a donation it would be greatly appreciated,” Isleifson said. “And a special thank you to Christy Jarvis for all the work she has done for our group, you will be missed.”

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