Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 14, 2011

‘Project Elfinator’ to buy gifts for seniors

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Colin and Cameron Campbell have a big task ahead of them this week.

The boys, along with their parents, Michael and Melinda Campbell, will be purchasing Christmas gifts for nearly 400 residents at Glasgow State Nursing Facility and NHC Healthcare of Glasgow as part of a community service project the boys are calling “Project Elfinator.”

“We were driving in the car and Mom asked if Cameron and I would like to do a community service project for the holidays,” said Colin, who is 11. “I said, ‘sure,’ and the idea came to me to do the project that we’re doing where we raise money to get nursing home patients Christmas gifts since some of them don’t get any.”

The goal is to buy the residents at least one Christmas gift.

Initially, the Campbells had planned on the project being something that they could do as a family.

“...But then the project grew a little larger than our family could maybe manage, so we thought we would have some friends in the community chip in,” said Melinda.

The Campbells are soliciting donations from the community to help fund the purchase of the gifts for the nursing home residents.

“We had Martinsville Baptist Church from Smiths Grove, their Sunday School has made some donations in lieu of giving gifts to each other,” she said. “They chipped in and made a donation to us and we are very appreciative to that and we’ve had a few individual friends to donate.”

As of Tuesday morning, a little more than $500 had been donated for the project.

“We are hoping to be able to buy

$5 to $10 gifts,” she said.

They also enlisted the help of family friend, Robin McMurtrey, a teacher at North Jackson Elementary, who got her fellow teachers, Shana McMurtrey and Laura Beth McClellan, involved by allowing their second grade students to decorate gift bags for the project.

Taking part in “Project Elfinator” has been fun, “a bunch of fun,” said Cameron. He said he is looking forward to delivering the gifts to the nursing home residents.

Officials with NHC Healthcare of Glasgow were happy to be a part of the project.

“We are big on community involvement because we want to keep our residents in contact with the community, so we try to do as many projects as we can,” said Kim Dean, recreation director and a certified dementia practitioner at NHC Healthcare of Glasgow. “I told her we would absolutely be interested. We do have residents who don’t have family in the area or who don’t have hardly any family.”

Colin and Cameron plan to have a gift bag stuffing party this weekend with their teammates and hope to be ready to put “Project Elfinator” into action on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Those who wish to make a donation to “Project Elfinator,” call Melinda Campbell at (270) 427-8259.