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For Release:  June 17, 2008

Contact:         Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Elliott



Hillcrest Health Care Residents Create Cookbook for Fundraiser


Dan Adams, of Milburn, sat in his electric wheelchair at Sooner’s Grocery of Tishomingo offering autographs on page 28 for anyone that would be interested in purchasing his fudge recipe. The recipe is one of many family recipes featured in the Hillcrest Health Care Resident’s Cook Book 2008, which is being sold for $15.00 per copy to help raise money for resident activities at the nursing home. 


At the age of 84, Adams says he is a salesman, but if his “legs would still work” he’d gladly trade to be working for the county again. Adeline Bland and Rhonda Beasley, activity and social directors of the nursing facility, are assisting residents with the fundraising project. The recipes vary from sandwiches to Mexican foods and various types of desserts.


Hillcrest administrator Vetress Holt invites the community come to the nursing home and visit with the residents. Volunteers are always welcomed to assist with social activities, help staff by assisting residents in games, reading, singing, playing music, gardening, helping with cookouts or helping residents on field trips.


Hillcrest Health Care nursing facility activity staff received their training by the Caring Hearts of Oklahoma, a program of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  The program is available to all nursing homes across the states and teaches staff to enhance the quality of life for all nursing facility residents. 


Also supporting this effort is the Chickasaw Nation Summer Youth Program that provides the young people with the “expertise” in computer skills to produce the cookbook, which is in its second printing and will be available by the checkout stand of Sooner’s, 101 S. Byrd Street, on Wednesday afternoons. The cookbook can also be purchased at Hillcrest Health Center, 1105 East Main, where residents will autograph them.


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Caring Heart of Oklahoma volunteer for a nursing home in your area, contact Leslie Elliott, volunteer coordinator at 405-323-5760 or send e-mail to lesliee@health.ok.gov.




(photo left to right: Hillcrest Health Center Activities Director Adeline Bland, Hillcrest resident and cookbook salesman Dan Adams, Oklahoma State Department of Health Caring Hearts of Oklahoma Coordinator Leslie Elliott.)



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