Medical staff, grocery clerks and first responders have been the face of the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic; however, behind the scenes is a different group of helpers.
Like those making face masks and similar contributions, residents from an independent living community in Amity Township work together, while apart, to make a difference.
Several dozen residents from Keystone Villa at Douglassville have bagged more than 2,000 Life Savers, the iconic candy-with-the-hole shape, for distribution to essential workers of local businesses. The materials were provided to the residents and assembled inside their apartments under social distancing guidelines.
"It was a great way to spend my time while giving back to the community," said resident Betty Hampton.
The Lifesavers Project was a collaborative idea by residents and management staff.
"During these uncertain times, it's necessary to show our gratitude to those working hard to keep us going and keeping us safe," said Sue Seanor, executive director of independent living. "I'm very proud of our residents' efforts. Putting together over 2000 bags is fantastic."
Many businesses in Douglassville and the surrounding area received the minty-fresh token of appreciation along with a special poem. Those locations personally thanked include: Berks Family Care; CVS, Douglassville; Kimberton Whole Foods; Rite Aid, Douglassville; Internal Medicine—Tower Health Medical Group, Douglassville; Amity Township Municipal Offices; Amity Township Police Department; Birdsboro Pharmacy; Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Reading; Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Pottstown Hospital—Tower Health; The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy of Boyertown and Wyomissing Optometric Center.