Crafting for a cause
Mill Creek hosts 2nd annual craft show for Alzheimer’s
By JACKIE JAHFETSON
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — Afghans, Hummel collectable figurines, homemade earrings and other crafty, gift items laid sprawled out on tables, showcasing more than their quality.
The cause and fight to end Alzheimer’s disease is a continuing uphill battle, but with many small individual efforts, people can make a difference.
To kick off the Alzheimer’s Association 2020 fundraising season, the Mill Creek Senior Living Community hosted its second annual craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, with several different tables filled with homemade items made by the residents and staff of Mill Creek along with donations from local craftsmen and businesses.
Within the first hour, the group raised $70, Activity Director Beth O’Connor of Mill Creek Senior Living Community said. All of the proceeds go to benefit research for the Alzheimer’s Association, and this event is just one of many individual efforts that take place before the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s hosted nationwide throughout the month of September. With the Marquette Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 19, the Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Michigan Chapter, Upper Peninsula Office of Marquette hopes to raise $7,000 for the fiscal year, O’Connor said.
“We just want to make a difference as a community,” O’Connor said.
Over 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website.
“The cause is very near and dear to our hearts because we see the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on a daily basis,” O’Connor said. “We like to do these things in-house you know, because the residents can get involved. They love to participate They love to see the effects. They get just as excited as we do.”
The craft show was prompted by staff and Mill Creek residents who enjoy crafting and giving back to the community, O’Connor said. Mill Creek currently houses 78 residents who are roughly around 90 years old, but despite their age, they are the “go get ’em” generation, she added.
For more information on upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the Mill Creek Senior Living Community Facebook page.
Jackie Jahfetson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.