Clarissa Gardner
Activity Director
Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center

Annual Employee Banquet Honors Children’s Center of Ohio


It will be our pleasure tonight at our annual employee banquet to honor the Children’s Center of Ohio, Girls home for Volunteers of the year. The girls have been volunteering for a little over a year now. They attend scheduled activities twice a month as well as special events throughout the year.

The girls have arranged a variety of events for the residents during the last year. They have brought in and played board games, as well as sponsored bingo games and prizes and different crafts that go along with the changing seasons or holidays.

Last year during October along with their biweekly visits they also helped with our fall carnival that was open to the public. During the carnival they set up and assisted the residents with different game stations for the children. They also helped judge the costume contest as well as helped clean up after the activities were complete.

During Christmas time last year the girls kept their twice a month visits as well as taking several names from our angel tree.  They enjoyed the process of shopping for the residents. The girls, then, came into the facility an extra day to wrap gifts that had been donated by other staff and volunteers. They were a tremendous help in getting all the presents wrapped, sorted and stacked to be handed out to the residents.

The girls have been an enormous help to me as, Activity Director, as well as the residents.  It is evident of the bonds that have been established as I have several residents that sit at the door and wait on the girls to arrive on their scheduled days.  What the two different cohorts can learn from one another is immeasurable.