It was a project the Waldt family of Pelham was more than happy to help with, and it was right up their alley.
Their friend Lezlie Leduc, the Programs and Services Manager at our Extended Care Unit, recently mentioned to the family the idea of building a visitors booth in anticipation of the long-term care home at our Welland Site welcoming back visitors.
Lezlie knew the Waldts liked building projects, and they even have a woodworking side business, Three Trees Co.
The family was quick to say yes, and generously built the booth. It includes a Plexiglas window that provides an added layer of safety during the visits, which resumed on June 18 outside the front entrance of the Extended Care Unit.
“It’s so important residents can see their loved ones, so we were very happy to help,” says Leslie Waldt. “I was really excited to hear it was being used.”
Building the visitors booth was a family affair, with Leslie's husband, Curtis, and their sons, Aaron, 25, Jordan, 23, and Mitchell, 18, all part of the project. “My sons were very happy to do this,” says Leslie. “They’ve always enjoyed making things and building things.”
And the family’s generosity for Niagara Health doesn’t end with the visitors booth.
Being home from university during the pandemic, the sons decided to make Canadian flags out of wood pallets. They sold the creations to family and friends and plan to donate the proceeds of $2,000 to Niagara Health Foundation, as a way to support our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was very proud when they told me they were going to do this,” says their mom. “It was exciting to see people’s response to it. Everyone was very happy to contribute.”
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