Elder Care Community Council (ECCC) receives donations of all types, from wheelchairs to electric blankets, and these items are promptly passed on to those in need. We can’t thank our community, partners and organizations enough for their continued support.

One specific gift that we have found to be rare among our wonderful contributions is a Fidget Quilt. During the later stages of memory decline or other cognitive issues, a person’s hands may fidget or search for things to pull, rub or hold on to. The fidget quilt has zippers, pockets, buttons and different textured items sewn to it to keep hands busy. Plus, they are works of art and beautiful to look at.

“About three years ago my quilt guild in Georgia decided to make fidget quilts for dementia patients as part of its community outreach. My mother had recently passed away with Alzheimer’s disease, so this project had a special meaning for me,” said Jane Broaddus, fiber artist and fidget quilt maker. “Not only are these small quilts easy to make, they’re fun to decorate with all kinds of interesting objects. More importantly, they bring comfort to people in the most dire circumstances.”

Betsy Nofziger, ECCC secretary, said that to date. Broaddus has donated eight quilts, three of which ECCC has found a home for. “It has been my pleasure to hand deliver these awesome gifts of love to seniors in our community and I thank Jane for her efforts and partnering with us,” said Nofziger.

If you would like a quilt for a loved one or you would like to make a donation, you can contact us at holyfamilyseniorcenter@gmail.com or 653-3134 or call ECCC directly at (850) 509. 5009. Please visit our Facebook pages Holy Family Senior Center and Eccc - E Triple C to stay up to date on the latest events and activities at the Center.

Please call or email to confirm your attendance and reserve your spot for the Activities/Events occurring in April:

The Earth Day Celebration on Monday, April 22 will include speakers and information about the monarch butterfly, including migration and tagging. This workshop will feature Nancy Jones, an avid expert on monarch butterflies and their migration, Lisa Bailey, from the Apalachicola National Estuary Research reserve, and a few other special guests. Please RSVP by Friday, April 19 so that we can get a proper headcount for lunch.

The Summer Breeze FAN...Raiser. Please support our effort by donating fans to seniors in our community to keep them Cool during the upcoming summer season. Donations can be brought to Holy Family, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also make a monetary donation to ECCC and we will purchase fans with your donation.

Lunch is every day from 11 a.m. to noon, and Chair Yoga every Monday at 10 a.m.

Friday, April 5: Senior Explorers Club 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 8: Tend to the Garden Work Day 9 to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 9: Elder Abuse Prevention noon to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10: AARP Cyber Security noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 11: Eating Well, Being Active noon to 1 p.m.

Monday, April 15: Tend to the Garden Work Day 9 to 11 a.m.

Backyard Shiitake Mushroom Production noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16: Express Yourself Through Dance 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

ECCC Senior Network Meeting 1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: Kokedama noon to 1 p.m. (Seating limited to 10 seats)

Thursday, April 18: FAMU Health Series 11 a.m. to noon

Friday, April 19: Senior Explorers Club 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 22: Earth Day Celebration 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24: Senior Chorale noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 25: Eating Well Being Active noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, April 26: Lunch & Bingo 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.