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April 14, 2020

Random Acts of Kindness for seniors in independent living communities

April has always been a special month for Country Meadows. Each year, we observe Practice Random Acts of Kindness Month throughout April to honor Mary Jane Leader, one of the retirement community’s co-founders. In the wake of COVID-19, Mary Jane’s message of being kind to others rings truer than ever. It’s always encouraging to have support from the local community, but this April, practicing random acts of kindness can have an even greater and more positive impact for those in independent living communities.

Mary Jane Leader’s mission for Country Meadows

Pictured: Mary Jane Leader

“Practice random acts of kindness,” was one of Mary Jane’s favorite phrases and this concept remains deeply connected to the mission of Country Meadows. To recognize Mary Jane’s legacy and her passion for promoting a positive community environment, the phrase appears on all Country Meadows vehicles. Mary Jane and her husband, Governor George M. Leader, founded Country Meadows with the promise of treating people with kindness. They understood that even the smallest gesture, like a friendly smile or holding a door open, could change the atmosphere within a community for the better. And at this stressful time, many seniors in independent living communities will greatly benefit from an extra act of compassion.

Random Acts of Kindness for seniors

There are many ways to perform random acts of kindness for seniors from the comfort of your own home. If you are looking for a fun and fulfilling activity to help lift up the community, we welcome you to consider the following charitable efforts.

  • Contact your local senior living community to donate groceries
  • Connect with local seniors and loved ones through video chats or FaceTime often
  • Volunteer as a personal grocery shopper for your local senior living community
  • Contact a local retirement community to donate masks, disinfectant wipes, and other cleaning products
  • Connect with your local independent living communities to create a postcard or pen pal program with residents and community members

The safety and well-being of our residents and community members are our top priorities, so it’s important to check with Country Meadows or another local retirement community before participating in any charitable community outreach.

Continuing our co-founder’s vision

Inspired by Mary Jane’s personal volunteer work, our senior living community has participated in multiple volunteer efforts over the years to keep our residents and staff members involved in random acts of kindness that give back to the broader community. This culture of compassionate care is part of the vision our co-founders started so many years ago. Country Meadows encourages everyone to join our celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Month and perform a random act of kindness every day throughout April to help continue our founders’ mission of brightening the community around us.

We invite you to discover why our residents consider Country Meadows one of the best retirement communities in Pennsylvania. To learn more about Country Meadows and our independent living services, please visit our website or contact us. Our staff is happy to answer any questions and provide insight on our senior living arrangements.


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