On Jan. 26, 2016, approximately 35 residents ofAcacia Creek Retirement Community traveled to Sacramento with a special mission: presenting a check worth nearly $5,000 to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
The donation was raised solely by generous contributions from residents of the nonprofit continuing care retirement community, which is located adjacent to the Masonic Home in Union City. Funds were raised through individual donations and personal items sold at a community garage sale.
Resident Harvey McAninch, past master of Menlo Park Lodge No. 651, was instrumental in coordinating the donation and visit. McAninch is a Shriner himself, and has also personally experienced the good work of the hospitals: Thanks to the Shriners in St. Louis, his beloved niece was able to get the treatment she needed to overcome physical impairments and lead a rewarding and successful life.
Today, McAninch recognizes his niece’s experience by serving as a Shriner clown to help cheer up other children who are undergoing difficult treatments. “The best part is seeing the children smile,” he says.
Joseph Ramos, special events coordinator at the Sacramento hospital, accepted Acacia Creek’s donation and led residents on a tour. “They were the kindest people and so much fun,” Ramos says. “I could tell that it really meant a lot for them to be able to visit the hospital and to see the children in a hopeful environment. They were really proud to give back.”
Acacia Creek’s donation will be used to help treat critical children’s cases throughout Northern California. “We are so grateful for the Acacia Creek residents’ support,” says Ramos. “They felt like they were making a difference – and they are.”
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