In the spirit of the season, Windham Terrace residents bake for needy
New Hampshire native Marion White mixes batter in the kitchen at Windham Terrace Saturday morning. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
On Saturday morning, Chartrand and fellow residents Blanche Hannon, Dorothy Nelson, Marion White and Helen Walther were hard at work in the facility's cozy kitchen. The smells of warm banana bread wafted through the air as the ladies, all in their 80s and 90s now, recalled Christmases past and present.
Though small in stature, Chartrand used all her strength to whip together the bowl's lumpy contents.
Over the past week or so, the Windham Terrace residents have been discovering that perhaps the best part of the holiday season is doing something nice for their new neighbors. The ladies have baked about 70 loaves of banana and pumpkin bread to be tucked inside the holiday food baskets being delivered to needy Windham households via the Windham Helping Hands charity.
"With their assistance, we're able to get more done at once, and in a shorter amount of time," said Newcomb, whose aunt, Lillian Stevens, is a resident at Windham Terrace.
Having participated in several of the baking sessions so far, Nelson heartily agreed.
Life Enrichment Director Alicia Sell said she hopes to continue the facility's working relationship with Helping Hands.
Over the past several months, the assisted living residents have worked on various projects with the charity, including stringing beads to be used at the Helping Hands walkathon and making the construction-paper mitten ornaments to hang on the Helping Hands "angel trees" at the Nesmith Library and at the town's Windham Shopping Extravaganza event earlier this month.
"We're definitely looking forward to doing other projects for Helping Hands in the future," said Sell.
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