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Tipton Place supports vets through We Care Initiative

Tipton Place Senior Living, along with Elara Caring Home Health and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, collected donations for a 2021 We Care Initiative with the intent of serving homebound veterans. Featured are (from left) Elara Caring Account Executive Todd Moore, Tipton Place Community Relations Manager Tracey Cloutier and Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Consultant Beth Planck filling bags with food, entertainment and essential items to give to veterans.
Tipton Place Senior Living, along with Elara Caring Home Health and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, collected donations for a 2021 We Care Initiative with the intent of serving homebound veterans. Featured are (from left) Elara Caring Account Executive Todd Moore, Tipton Place Community Relations Manager Tracey Cloutier and Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Consultant Beth Planck filling bags with food, entertainment and essential items to give to veterans. Photo by Emily Wyatt

Tipton Place Senior Living, of Huntington, recently teamed up with Elara Caring Home Health and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home for a 2021 We Care Initiative. These entities chose to use this initiative to reach homebound veterans in Huntington and surrounding areas.

For this particular initiative, Tipton Place Community Relations Manager Tracey Cloutier had a goal of collecting food, entertainment and essential items to fill bags to deliver to 50 local homebound veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. Cloutier asked for donations from partners of Tipton Place, but also from community members that would like to support veterans in a very tangible way.

“We care very much about veterans. Our veterans have sacrificed so much and oftentimes don’t get—don’t ask for—anything, so to be able to give it to them… that just warms my heart,” Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Consultant Beth Planck said.

Cloutier and Planck, along with Elara Caring Account Executive Todd Moore, gathered at Tipton Place on Friday, Oct. 29, to organize and fill the bags. Because of the donations of the community, churches and other partners, they were able to fulfill their goal of supporting 50 veterans.

“I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of our community,” Cloutier said. “We love to serve our veterans and I’m amazed at how everyone came together and all the donations that were brought in. I’m so thankful and grateful that we have these donations to give back.”

The bags were filled with snacks, canned goods, adult coloring books, puzzles, socks, blankets, body care items and more. The leftover donations they received will be given to other charities.

 “It’s really amazing how much the community gave, from the churches to just the public,” Moore said. “It’s a great little community that stepped up and wanted to support the veterans.”

“People want to help and they don’t know a way to do it, so if you give them a specific thing—like we want to fill these bags for veterans—they’ll come out and do it,” said Visiting Nurse Director of Communications Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow. “I’ve just been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people we work with, especially Huntington County.”