Pop Top Donations: A Progress Report

Pop top updateIt’s time for an update on the story of peer Kaylon Holt’s efforts to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Georgia. We’ve told you about his collecting of aluminum can pop tops that can be redeemed for donations. Kaylon first began gathering these tabs to help a friend whose father had cancer. After the gentleman passed away, Kaylon wanted to put 900 pop tops to use. After getting ideas from staff member Jeff Williams, Kaylon decided on the Ronald McDonald House, where families of children with cancer can stay while their loved ones are receiving treatment.


It Takes a Community

Crepe myrtleKeeping the large campus of Perry Wellness Center attractive and safe is a full-time job, and community input is a vital part of the process. Recently these facts were illustrated when a customer at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market expressed a potential safety concern to us. He had noted several overgrown crepe myrtle trees near the eastern market entrance. They could possibly interfere with sightlines for motorists or pedestrians.

The trees were actually growing on the property line of the adjacent property, so permission was sought and granted to cut overhanging limbs. Two peers, Kenneth Christmas and Grover Thornton, immediately accepted the task of removing problem limbs on two of the mature trees.

Our thanks for all the customer support at Happy Patch Market. Whether interacting with peers, supporting our work through the purchase of fresh produce, or being alert to everyone’s safety, our wonderful customers always come through. As do our dedicated peers – thanks Grover (left in photo) and Kenneth!

Farmers Feed and Seed Provides Peer Opportunity

Joiner and ArnetteSome months ago, Roderick Arnett, a peer at Perry Wellness Center, applied for employment with Frank Joiner, owner of Farmers Feed and Seed of Americus. Mr. Joiner's thriving business is a local institution, and first opened its doors in 1954, across the street from his current location at 206 N. Hampton. In 1968, more room was needed for his expanded operation, and the complex was moved to its current location.


A Little Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus1029 is the magic number! That’s the entry number for Perry Wellness Center in the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce “Sumter Scarecrow” competition. Businesses and individuals compete to see who can create the winning Halloween display featuring scarecrows. A previous competition winner, our center has created a 2014 display with a “Hocus Pocus” theme.

Celebrating Halloween is always a favorite activity at the center, and it provides opportunities for community interaction, creativity, and socializing – all part of the recovery process. Help us celebrate this year by visiting the Chamber’s Facebook page and casting your vote at:  https://www.facebook.com/AmericusSumterChamber.

Voting ends October 28, so hurry and help us share the magic!

Peer Realizes Dream as Volunteer Fire Fighter

Brandon ThomasSeveral weeks ago, one of our dedicated peers expressed a desire to learn how he could help others in times of emergencies or trauma. Brandon Thomas decided to visit the offices of Americus Fire and Rescue to learn about training requirements to become a certified fire and rescue volunteer.

Brandon has followed up on his dream, attending many work sessions, and he now knows the procedures for first responding and safety for those at a fire site. Stuart Perry was impressed with Brandon’s efforts, and after praising him for his efforts, he arranged for Brandon to share some of his training with other peers.

For the training group, Brandon first demonstrated how to wear his new volunteer fire-fighter suit and explained each component of the outfit and gear. He told peers and staff of the need to be systematic in putting on the suit, making sure everything is fastened and in place.

“It is very important that we learn the procedure for early response to a fire,” Brandon explained. “If you are the first truck to arrive, there are things you must do to be sure that there is no one in the structure.” The new volunteer also discussed the need for personal safety: “If you are there on the scene to help others, you must be sure that you are personally protected and safe for the dangerous conditions.” He reviewed early warnings of potential dangers at a trauma site.

Brandon closed his presentation by encouraging other peers to join him in becoming a certified fire and rescue volunteer. Whatever their personal choices, we commend Brandon for demonstrating how to achieve one’s dream.

In the photo, Brandon Thomas shares his complete fire fighting suit with other peers.

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