A note from PruittHealth Activities Director Torrence Williams:
What can I say? You guys have done it again. You are the best! I type this letter on the last Friday of 2022 while reflecting on what a challenging year it has been for our staff, relatives and friends. I refuse to let 2022 close without telling each of you how special you have made our residents and staff feel. The holiday social was one of our heaviest attended events of the year, but hands down it continues to be the one that people discuss the most. The residents model their new clothes, share their snacks, communicate to their loved ones about their special gifts and tell stories of how much fun they had. The staff is always so appreciative of their gift cards and routinely ask me for contact information so they can express their gratitude. I again cannot thank you enough for choosing our facility as one of your annual expressions of love for our community. I look forward to next year already. If there is ever anything we can do for you please don’t hesitate to let us know.
A note from Isabel Reddy:
A big Thank You for another wonderful Christmas Benefit for the residents and staff at PruittHealth Carolina Point.
The below picture is all the gift bags ready to be delivered.
It was wonderful to see smiles come to the faces of the residents.
A few gift bags included Cracker Jacks, and the residents were so tickled, saying,
“Oh, I haven’t seen these in many years.”
The party on Dec 21 was joyous with half a dozen children handing out drinks and bringing joy to the residents.
A Giant Thank You to all NHIA community for helping making this Christmas a very special one for Pruitt residents and staff.
PruittHealth’s activity director on last year’s benefit:
“The residents were clearly excited and thrilled with their personalized gifts such as blankets, pajamas and special food items. Additionally, your contribution helped to give 59 hourly and patient-care staff thirty-dollar grocery gift cards.”
Our goal for this year is to raise $3,000 to support 90 patients and 60 patient-care staff members. The NHIA will provide the first $1,000 and for the remaining we ask for donations.
We are hoping to make this another special holiday season for the residents and staff at PruittHealth.
NHIA’s End-of-Year Pizza Party, Membership Meeting, and Elections will be held Friday, December 9th, from 6-8 pm at the Community Center on Whitfield Rd. We’ll also review 2022 events and look forward to 2023. Hope to see you there!
Duke University had decided that running events will no longer be allowed in Duke Forest and that includes the New Hope Turkey Run every Fall and their own Pine Cone Pacer every Spring.
Our longtime sponsors had already funded the T-shirts we were going to give out for this year’s race and we wanted to make them available specially to folks who have participated in the Turkey Run for years or in some cases decades! We decided to have a get together at the New Hope Improvement Association building on the usual date of the Turkey Run (this year Nov. 12) at the usual start time 9 am and these T-shirts will be available for free (donations to support NHIA will be gratefully accepted too).
There will also be a Nature Hike on part of the Turkey Run race course led by UNC Botany professor Dr. Robert Peet and perhaps some refreshments, but sadly no usual Turkey Run breakfast. For those interested we will show a video that was made of the Dec. 5, 1992 Turkey Run – that would have been the 10th edition and this year would have been the 40th !!! We hope you can join us next Saturday morning and we appreciate all the support you have provided over the years.
HEARTS TORN ASUNDER: TRAUMA IN THE CIVIL WAR’S FINAL CAMPAIGN IN NORTH CAROLINA
Thursday, August 18, 7-8:30 pm
New Hope Improvement Association 4114 Whitfield Rd, Chapel Hill; next door to the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Dollar, the Director of the City of Raleigh Museum and Pope House Museum and Civil War scholar will talk about the last couple of weeks before the surrender of Gen. Johnston to Gen. Sherman at the home of James and Nancy Bennet. He will speak about the impact of the end of the war, especially after Lee’s surrender to Grant. As war weariness spread among the troops, the generals and leader of both the Union and Confederate troops were hard pressed to maintain discipline. There were wholesale desertions, increasing drunkenness, accompanied by looting and arson. The troops were spread between Raleigh and Hillsborough including Chapel Hill. Cornelia Philips Spenser describes women dressed in mourning vails trying to find food for their families in fear of soldiers, both Confederate and Union. Slave narratives collected in the 1930s provide a glimpse into the hoped for freedom along with uncertainty about the future. This is not the history found in usual books that fail to describe the execution of slaves by Confederate soldiers if they expressed a desire for freedom, and the indiscriminate killing of Blacks by Union soldiers. Come spend a fascinating hour learning about history that did not make it into history books or the “Lost Cause” of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Refreshments will be served. There should be time for informal discussion with the author.
Last year, the New Hope Improvement Association members and community provided holiday gift bags filled with specific requests for each of the 90 residents at PruittHealth on Mt. Sinai Road. In addition to gifts of slippers, blankets and robes, we were able to give some residents watches, earbuds, and a gold cross necklace. We were also able to provide grocery gift cards for staff members. We are hoping to make this another special Christmas for the residents and staff at PruittHealth.
Please be a part of this wonderful benefit and donate through our website at https://newhopeimprovement.square.site or mail a check to NHIA, PO Box 16013, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6013. Please put PruittHealth Benefit in the memo.
Thank you so much for supporting this Christmas Benefit.
“Last year I wasn’t expecting anything and I was so happy to receive my bag and to know I was not forgotten.” – PruittHealth Resident