Local Group Makes the Holidays Bright for Lakemary Residents
Towards the end of each year, Lakemary focuses on making the holidays a wonderful and magical time for the residents in our care. Generous support from individuals, families, and businesses make it possible to provide our individuals served with a warm holiday meal, a stocking full of goodies, or a few gifts from a wish list. The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) of Paola, Kansas is one organization that has made the holidays brighter for children in our care for many, many years.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international nonprofit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness, and hope. They donate more than $10 million each year to local communities, fundraisers, charities, and more.
Over 35 years ago, the first “Eagles Holiday Party” was organized for Lakemary children by FOE member Betty Fields. The group raises funds throughout the year in order to purchase gifts and deliver them to the children at these parties.
“It’s the only time of the year where we take every resident off campus at the same time for this fun event,” says Courtnie Cain, Lakemary Director of Health and Clinical Services.
Each year, the FOE hosts the holiday party at their location complete with food, decorations, music, dancing, gifts for each child, and a visit from Santa. FOE members plan everything behind the scenes and oversee the event to make it special for the children.
Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s celebration could not take place off campus or as a large gathering. Undeterred, FOE members still purchased and wrapped gifts for each child, and Santa traveled to our campus to deliver the presents. The party was moved to Lakemary Ranch in the barn and the children were able to participate in small group rotations.
If you would like to support the individuals served by Lakemary, visit our donate page and choose the option that works best for you.