The great “corsage maker kids” from Wyncote and Collegeville

A couple of weeks ago, I sent an email to a mom in Collegeville who had donated a lot of beautiful stuffed animals.  The stuffed animals  had belonged to her mother who recently passed away. The cherished animals made her mother smile and Kristen’s kindness of passing them along to the seniors that I visit in nursing homes continued sharing love and joy. They  brought  smiles to 50 people that her  beloved mom never met but for folks who  needed something soft and cuddly to hold on to.

I came home tonight and to my delight found another bag of stuffed animals and a bag filled with colorful paper corsages. The note attached to the bag said, Trisha, here are some corsages to share. We’ll keep making them.


Emma (11)

Danielle (9)

Corinne (7)

Liam (4)


Also from:

Kim (11)

My-Lan (4)


Unfortunately, when I ripped the bag opened, I inadvertently tore the card and could not read all of the names of the wonderful children who came together to work on the tissue paper corsage project. I will email Kristen tonight so that I can properly credit the kids who helped. I  think that there were three families that joined forces to make the beautiful flowers. They also donated two little American flags for the patriotic segment of our program.

This donation was especially important to me because I had run out of things to bring on my visits. I do my program of reminiscing but the component that makes the visit so special is when the residents select a gift such as a stuffed animal. They also love choosing a tissue paper corsage which we attach to their buttonholes or to the walker or wheelchairs. I have about 300 people to visit in October and I will be thrilled if the kids want to make a few more. What a great lesson the moms are teaching their children about thinking of others! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! (If you want to post a picture of the kids making them, please do!)

One thought on “The great “corsage maker kids” from Wyncote and Collegeville

  1. We are more than happy to help! It’s so important for young people to connect with and show love to their ‘elders’…a notion that never should age. Children are naturals at making others smile – and they LOVE to share their joy!

    I had volunteered in a nursing home in Bucks County (Neshaminy Manor) as a young teen, helping to feed lunch to those who could no longer feed themselves. What a humbling, eye opening experience. The woman with whom I’d become the closest used to be a brain surgeon – but after a severe stroke, was confined to a bed, without the use of her limbs. While I offered her only my pity and help, she offered me true friendship – though I was 13 and she was 60. Her mind and soul and humanity were intact – and she showed me how valuable a life can be – limbs functioning or not. It breaks my heart to think of people, just like me (only fast forward 30 years or so!), that just need a touch of kindness….Trisha, YOU are that kindness!!!!! THANK YOU!

    Your post is very special to me – thank you. Missing my mom, but so glad that her heart lives on….

    Here are the names of the Awesome Kiddo Helpers :-):

    Kim-Van (11)
    Tam-My (9)
    My-Lan (4)

    Lauren (10)
    Evan (4)

    …and Emma, Danielle, Corinne, and Liam.

    We will make another flower delivery very soon!
    🙂 Kristen Kerwin

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