KENNETT SQUARE—When Terry Engeman, resident and volunteer at The Encore Shop, a quality resale store in Kennett Square to benefit Chester County Hospital, shared with the community Penn Medicine’s efforts for a donations for refugees in the Ukraine region, the community quickly mobilized to participate.
“Many of us are watching the devastation in Ukraine unfold,” said Lisa Marsilio, chief executive of Kendal-Crosslands Communities, a 500-acre seniors’ living complex outside Kennett Square. “Thanks to Terry’s idea, we are working with our friends at Penn Medicine and joining their campaign to collect items to be shipped to areas affected by the parody.”
For a week, residents and community staff members collected soaps, toothbrushes/toothpaste, diapers and other personal hygiene and first aid items. Nearly 100 boxes were filled at their Kendal campus in Longwood and Crosslands.
“What an incredible response we are getting to our humanitarian request,” said Terry Engeman, resident of Kendal in Longwood. “We packed up donation boxes as the tables filled and spent hours sorting the items.”
In addition to the organized donation drive, the community also donated much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to Project CURE, an organization that identifies, collects, sorts and distributes donated medical equipment and supplies around the world. “We have 14 pallets of gowns, masks, gloves, face shields, which we knew the Ukrainian region could use. We are fortunate to have a supply that we can share with the world,” says Antonio Sofia, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness Services. The CURE project continues to provide humanitarian support to various partners in Ukraine and is ready to respond to new demands for medical care. supplies and equipment. Since 2000, Project CURE has sent 53 CURE Cargo shipments to Ukrainian facilities across the country.
Michael Duncan, President and CEO of Chester County Hospital, stopped by for a tour to thank the community for their participation.
“We’re thrilled to have friends in the community working together,” Duncan said. “But unfortunately it has to be in such devastating circumstances.”
“We continue to keep our friends overseas in the light and be grateful for our blessings so that we can share with others,” Marsilio says.
For nearly 50 years, Kendal~Crosslands Communities has been a nonprofit provider of programs and services that champion and enable older adults to reach their full potential.