June 19, 2018
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Day program for elderly plans car wash, bottle drive

Courtesy of Westgate Manor
Courtesy of Westgate Manor
Florence Bears, 95, of Orrington and Aggie Campbell, 79, of Winterport will participate in a car wash and bottle drive 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Westgate Manor to raise funds for the Adult Day Care Program at Westgate Manor in Bangor.


BANGOR, Maine — You’ve heard of high school student groups hosting a carwash to raise funds. The Adult Day Program participants at Westgate Manor have taken inspiration from their grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, and will host a carwash and bottle drive, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Westgate Manor, 750 Union St.

Ranging in age from 57 to 96 and averaging 81 years, program participants are serious about fundraising. There has even been some good-natured joking about what to wear as they wash cars and how skimpy their bathing gear is allowed to be.

They have projects to complete and events to celebrate. In order to complete the projects, they need supplies. In order to purchase supplies, they need money. The participants of Westgate’s Day Program all have some form of memory impairment. They find strength and purpose in each other as they work on projects such as a vegetable garden, sewing cloth grocery bags or creating a bridal outfit for a Barbie doll. Occasionally, they treat themselves to an ice cream outing and celebrate each other’s birthdays.

Donations of cash or craft supplies would be appreciated. For information, call Kristie Miner, Adult Day Program director, at 942-7336

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