LONGVIEW, Texas, December 11, 2013: Excited eyes peeking through the glass of the oven watching as cookies rise and puff up, eagerly waiting for them to cool so they can garnish them with clumps of frosting and a mountain of sprinkles is one of many holiday activities families in America enjoy. For families in need, providing the essentials for baking such tasty treats is not always an easy task. Residents at Buckner Westminster Place feel that all children and families should get to experience the joys of decorating Christmas cookies, so they have volunteered to bake 500 sugar cookies and assist children with decorating them at the annual Buckner Children and Family Services (BCFS) Christmas party. The residents will set up 12 decorating stations and will assist children and their families with this fun Christmas tradition.
“I am so excited to decorate Christmas cookies with the children that BCFS provides services to,” said 82-year-old Vivian Crowson, a resident of Buckner Westminster Place. “My daughter-in-law works for BCFS and I see the wonderful work she and the rest of the employees do for the families in East Texas and it warms my heart. I am so happy to be a part of this event. I used to decorate Christmas cookies with my kids and my grandkids, but now everyone is grown up. My great-grandkids are just now reaching the point where we can decorate cookies together. It is such a fun holiday activity for families.”
The BCFS Christmas party is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be held at Buckner Children and Family Services (110 E Cotton St, Longview, TX 75601). Buckner Westminster Place residents and staff will arrive at Buckner Children and Family Services before the event to set up 12 decorating stations for the party.
“The best part for me is going to be watching the children differentiate their cookies from one another,” teased Crowson. “It’s like a contest to see who can have the most unique cookie. They usually go overboard on the sprinkles. None of the materials go to waste that’s for certain. If anything gets broken, it is an excuse to eat one early. We sign up for these projects and do these things because we love children. The other residents are just as excited as I am, and we all look forward to partaking in the festivities. This is an opportunity for us to show the children that they are loved and that we care.”
“When we heard about the Buckner Children and Family Services’ Christmas party, we knew we wanted to participate in a special way,” said Wes Wells, executive director of Buckner Westminster Place. “The residents love helping children and are looking forward to participating in an intergenerational activity with them and their families. We cannot wait to see how creative the children get with their cookies!”
ABOUT BUCKNER WESTMINSTER PLACE
Buckner Westminster Place, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a non-profit, faith-based senior living community offering 89 independent living apartments and patio homes for active adults aged 62 and above. In addition, the community offers a continuum of care including 30 assisted living apartments, 25 memory care support residences and 20 private bedrooms in the Green House® homes for skilled nursing care. Buckner Westminster Place is the only complete CCRC (continuing care retirement community) in Longview which accommodates these four levels of living and care as residents’ needs change.
Located near the Longview Mall and just minutes from area medical centers, Buckner Westminster Place gives residents a beautiful way to live. The community includes a 16-acre lakeside setting with walking trails and spacious well-manicured grounds.
Residents enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms. The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service.
A partnership with the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living gives residents and staff access to a wellness center that includes classrooms, a resistance pool, a track and exercise equipment. The community provides transportation to the wellness center.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 470,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.