MATTHEWS – Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care has come a long way in the last two decades and on Dec. 21, the nonprofit held its 20th annual Christmas party at its location on Idlewild Road.
The organization’s employees and volunteers and each client received a large gift bag of goodies donated by local businesses, churches and other groups. The nonprofit provides care for senior and disabled adults and disabled veterans.
Pine Lake Country Club was given 50 names of clients and the club’s members filled gift bags with warm blankets, warm socks, scarves and other personal items. Pine Lake member services manager Amy Saintsing knows Blessed Assurance CEO Nate Huggins through the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and she reached out with an offer of help last fall.
“I asked him (Huggins) if he had some people that might need some assistance over Christmas,” Saintsing said. “He was like, ‘absolutely’ and here are some names. He gave us a basic idea what everybody needed and it was things that they can use when they are there or items that they need at home if they don’t have those resources at home.
“Our members went above and beyond and they provided a ton of gifts. We asked for seniors because kids, as they should, get a lot of attention at Christmas. We also collected toys for Servant Heart for Toys here at the club.’’
Huggins said the community support that Blessed Assurance has received over the years has been overwhelming.
“The membership at Pine Lake, those guys just showered you, mom and dad with gifts,” Huggins told partygoers.
Blessed Assurance started out with a goal of serving Matthews but over the years the organization has expanded to serve all of Mecklenburg County and parts of surrounding counties.
Health services that are provided include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory, temperature, weight, nutrition and dental monitoring, routine medicine administration, blood sugar checks, baths, restorative care, feeding, toileting and bladder training, healthy living education, maintenance and other specialized services as requested and available through contracted services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, manicures and pedicures.
In addition to its health care services, Blessed Assurance offers many recreational programs, including arts and crafts, games, singing, gospel singing, music, computer training, gardening, aerobics, educational seminars, individualized and group programs and tours of local places of interests. Religious services are also offered.
“We have been blessed,” Huggins said. “Our youngest is 23 and our oldest is 100. As I always tell my staff, we want to treat these good people with decency and respect. We have volunteers that come in from all over the county to put on programs.”