Windham Terrace Assisted Living hosted a beautiful brunch celebration to recognize 79-year-old Lila Bailey. She started volunteering for the Shepherd’s Pantry organization 20 years ago and also has volunteered at Windham Terrace Assisted Living for 10 years. Her decades of dedication have helped to feed thousands of families in Windham and surrounding areas.
Laurie Johnson, president of Shepherd’s Pantry, nominated Bailey to receive the first-ever Windham Terrace Senior Service Award. Both the charity and Bailey were set to each receive a $500 gift from Windham Terrace Assisted Living as part of the award. Instead of accepting the money, Bailey donated her $500 to the charity. Windham Terrace Assisted Living presented the $1,000 check to Shepherd’s Pantry at the event.
“We truly enjoyed recognizing Lila Bailey for the impact she makes as a volunteer,” said Lynda Brislin, Executive Director, Windham Terrace Assisted Living. “She teaches us all that you can make a difference at any age.”
Windham Terrace Assisted Living started this award to recognize active adults 62 and above who dedicate their lives to helping the community. Bailey was honored to receive the award, but she did not think twice about donating the money to Shepherd’s Pantry.
“To me, money is not important. I want to give it to Shepherd’s Pantry because they can do an immense amount of purchasing with the donation,” said Bailey. “This charity helps the community and does a lot for me too. It put some purpose into my life. I look forward to going out there, I really do. I feel like I’m helping people in need, and I enjoy meeting them and hearing their stories.”
Shepherd’s Pantry provides groceries and health items to families in need. They serve more than 100 families every week. Bailey pushes the grocery carts out to the clients’ cars and unloads food into their vehicles. She jokes with other volunteers, telling them not to touch her “Cadillac” grocery cart she uses to do her job. When Laurie Johnson got the call to nominate someone for this award, she knew Bailey was the right fit.
“Shepherd’s Pantry currently has over 80 volunteers, and it is the volunteers who make this ministry happen,” said Laurie Johnson, president of Shepherd’s Pantry. “Lila feels a smile and a little conversation makes people feel better, no matter the situation. She has a great sense of humor and faithfully shows up on Monday mornings ready to help others.”
Windham Terrace is the premiere assisted living community located in the quaint town of Windham, New Hampshire, close to many shops, restaurants, and services. Located just north of the Massachusetts border, it is a short drive from the greater Boston area. Medical care and physician care is easily accessible with the four area medical centers located within five to ten miles. Windham Terrace offers supplemental nursing care as well, which stands the community apart from assisted living communities in Massachusetts due to state restrictions. For more information, please see Windham Terraces web pages.