Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

August 31, 2013

Hickory Creek, Meals on Wheels partner for fundraising yard sale

By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Hickory Creek of Greensburg’s residents are known for lending a hand whenever possible.

By the same token, Meals on Wheels director Diana Robbins has been helping bring healthy meals to seniors throughout the Decatur County community for decades.

When the two come together, as they did Friday on the campus of Hickory Creek, good things are certain to happen. Several Hickory Creek residents, led by activities director Cheryl Harford, assisted in a day-long rummage sale at the local nursing home aimed at helping raise funds for new activities at Hickory Creek as well as giving a boost to Greensburg’s Meals on Wheels.

Robbins and Harford helped arrange a collection of knick-knacks, toys, household items and home décor pieces at the facility’s Lincoln Street location throughout the day Friday as part of a joint effort to give a financial boost to two local institutions dedicated at improving the lives of local seniors.

For Meals on Wheels, which has recently seen the loss of some funding, Robbins hopes the proceeds from the sale will offset any unforeseen financial dips.

Robbins told the Daily News that 42 to 45 homebound seniors receive the meals each day, which are delivered to their residences by a team of volunteers.

Robbins met with Harford recently and the two agreed hosting a yard sale would be an ideal (and fun) way to benefit both organizations.

“It (the yard sale) seemed like a good way to help out. We enjoy helping out the community,” Harford remarked. The activities director said shoppers showed up in spurts throughout the day Friday, and the steady stream of sales forced her and Diana Robbins to re-arrange the tables in order to cover the empty spots.

Hickory Creek residents’ council president Arnie Brown took care of the cash traded for goods by customers while other residents enjoyed the time in the sun and gave assistance when needed.

Cheryl Harford said the items sold Friday were donated by Hickory Creek employees and other community members hoping to help out.

Diana Robbins noted her gratitude to Cheryl and the Hickory Creek staff and residents Friday. She later told the Daily News a new Meals on Wheels fundraiser is planned for November. That event, a children’s breakfast with Santa Claus, will be joined by a silent auction. More details on that program are expected to be made public soon.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056