Giving Tuesday at Brooking Park

Happy Giving Tuesday from Brooking Park!

Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving during the Christmas and holiday season. It is a relatively new event that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States.

It was started by a number of founding nonprofit and for-profit companies who set up the first Giving Tuesday in 2012. It was intended as a counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday and the more recent internet shopping day, Cyber Monday. Last year Giving Tuesday participants donated a total of 45 million dollars, both online and off, to various charities they support. This year the organizations behind Giving Tuesday are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most money raised on the internet in one day.

Brooking Park’s nonprofit sponsor, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System, accepts donations year round, but this time of year we are thinking about seniors who are in need around the holidays. St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation is using donations from this year’s Giving Tuesday to help fund their charitable care program for low-income seniors.

Donations made to the St. Andrew’s Charitable Care Foundation will help keep seniors living safely and independently in their own homes by providing in-home caregiver support to help needy seniors with activities of daily life like bathing, meal preparation, and light cleaning. These seemingly minor activities can be very hazardous for our seniors who, without our caregivers’ help, would be forced to move out of their homes or continue living in an unsafe environment.

St. Andrew’s Charitable Care Foundation and Brooking Park are constantly working to help the 15,000 seniors who are living in poverty in St. Louis. This Giving Tuesday,  you can help by donating today!

Daughters Give Back to Brooking Park

Daughters of Roy and Anita Beal recently showed their gratitude to the staff of Brooking Park, a Chesterfield retirement community, by way of 58 extra-large Imo’s pizzas. Carmen and Connie wanted express their gratitude to the kind-hearted employees of Brooking Park and The Willows where their parents lived for the past 8 years before Anita passed this past May and Roy followed just last month. Thanking a staff that size was no small effort. Carmen and Connie had $750 worth of pizza delivered twice a day for two days to make sure they reached each shift – day, night, weekday, and weekend.

Carmen and Connie were inspired to deliver Imo’s pizzas because an Imo’s driver, and friend of Connie’s, had long gone out of his way to deliver unexpected but appreciated pizza to the Beals. The Beals were considered family by the staff at Brooking Park. The bond formed among staff, residents, and families is indescribable, but Carmen and Connie found a way to let the staff know how much their care meant to them and their parents.

Roy and Anita moved first to retirement living at The Willows in 2004. Anita moved to skilled nursing at Brooking Park when she needed full-time nursing care. Roy later moved to Brooking Park when he required assisted living. They were married for 70 years, and Roy visited Anita daily by walking a short distance down the hall.

To read the article on STL Today, please click here.