On Feb. 21, 2019, Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts, marked Black History Month with a heartfelt event organized by Christine Taylor with help from other associates.
Taylor, who works in central supply, has been with the facility for more than 31 years. She had the drive to show appreciation to the staff. On the day before the event, she enlisted the help of Kim Flesch, receptionist, to put together raffle baskets. Taylor then led the effort in collecting gifts, organizing them and putting together not only the baskets but also decorative table tops and balloons.
Several associates of African American heritage volunteered to make authentic African dishes and desserts, as well as favorites like fried chicken, steak tips, pasta, pastries and ice cream. The food was plentiful, and everyone shared in the joy, laughter and cheers. Music and trivia brought even more fun to associates in all departments.
“Here at Nashoba Valley, we have a very diverse background of people,” said Lina Le, marketing director. “We all want to feel embraced, appreciated and included – hence Christine’s idea of celebrating Black History Month. It’s events like this that make one realize how fortunate you are to work with a group of people who care. We feel it is important to embrace culture and ethnicity but, most importantly, to share the same beliefs and values – we are all here because we have the same goal: providing the best care to our residents.”