The main dining room at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement home was full of activity Monday morning as more than a dozen residents volunteered to put together Easter baskets for unfortunate children.
The activity was named Operation Love and was under the direction of Kim Osborn, SOV activity director at Boardman and Niles locations.
"We started this program at the Niles retirement home 20 years ago to help the Trumbull County Children's Services," Osborn said. "We brought the idea to Boardman last year to help the Mahoning County Children's Services."
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman’s activity director Kim Osborn assists residents Paul Tocchio and Josephine Caprossi assemble part of the 60 Easter baskets that will be filled and given to Mahoning County Children’s Services later in the afternoon. The baskets will go to children who otherwise would not receive anything for Easter.
The residents lined several tables and took empty baskets, laid Easter grass in them and then filled them with candy and goodies. They had toys, pencils, coloring books and crayons to stuff into them.
"A lot of the items were donated by residents' families and staff members," Osborn said. "This has been a favorite tradition of the residents," explained Osborn. "They enjoy doing this type of project as they feel they are giving back to kids who may not receive a basket on Easter."
On Thursday morning, a representative from Mahoning County Children's Services arrived to pick up and distribute the baskets to the children that would be enjoying Easter.