Our Heritage Hall kids in the “Adopt a Grandparent” program here at The Fountains at Canterbury cooked Thanksgiving dinner for all their adopted grandparents. The tables were set with colorful tablecloths and the kids decorated all the tables with fall decorations, cornucopias and pilgrims. China, silver and crystal was provided by resident Anne Glasgow and Community Life Director, Becky Strong. All of the kids provided the meal which was served on silver trays and in crystal bowls. The menu was a typical Thanksgiving meal consisting of turkey, roasted chicken, dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, different pastas, vegan and gluten-free dishes for kids and residents with those preferences. We also served apple caramel pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cookies, gluten free apple muffins and sparkling apple cider.
The students all got up and grabbed a dish to walk around and serve to each resident. There were many discussions about school and fun things going on at Heritage…several holiday programs, concerts and plays. The residents also shared all the fun holiday programs we have planned at our community. The kids will also be coming to some of our events during the holidays and we will be going to their programs. When we were finishing the desert, Marco and Alina, the two students who helped organize this program with Becky, asked everyone to go around the room and say what they were thankful for. The microphone was passed around and so many of the kids and the residents said they were most thankful for their adopted grandchild or grandparent and the joy they have brought to each other’s lives. Lots of hugs and tears and many big smiles across the room. We all gathered around the picture wall and took a group picture. It was definitely a day to give thanks for all the special times and memories we are making with these amazing kids.