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Volunteers on Woodland's wish list
Longtime volunteer Bobbie Boondry passes out Christmas gifts at last week’s party for the residents of Woodland Healthcare. Officials at the facility said there’s a dire need for volunteers. - photo by By Patty Leon

Every year, the Woodland Healthcare facility in Midway treats its residents to a Christmas party thanks to one of its longtime volunteers, Bobbie Boondry. Last week, Boondry and family members Dianne Behrens and Daffani Eller serenaded the residents with Christmas carols and presented them with gifts, a tradition Boondry said she carries on in her sister’s honor.

"My sister Clemmie Olsen was a resident here until she died in 2000," Boondry said. "She was a very grateful person; everyone knew her as the thank-you girl."

Boondry said she, Behrens and Eller prepared 142 presents for the residents. They also made some pillows.

During the party last Thursday, Woodland admissions director Sheila Gamble, activities director Avia Gaines and assistant activities director Latoya McMillan ushered residents into the activities room and unveiled a platter of food for them to enjoy.

Gaines said Woodland needs more folks like

"Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday," she said. "Whatever time they have available. We are more than happy to find a position for them to do as they assist us with activities."

Gaines said volunteers are needed to help provide activities for the residents. The residents take part in five activities a day — some physical, some mental — and during the holidays, they also have evening events two to three times a week.

"It is very important to keep them involved and active, keep them going and keep them mobile," she said. "They look at us like their extended family, and when we walk in the door, they are happy to see us. They just want to know what plans we have for them that day."

Gaines said Woodland also offers school-like activities for the residents. They can sign up and be instructed in English, math and reading.

"They have a prom and a real graduation complete with cap and gown," Gaines said.

For information on becoming a volunteer, call Woodland at 884-3361.

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