Three women holding a tray of dog treats
Waltonwood Royal Oak in Detroit made dog treats for Detroit Dog Rescue. (Photo courtesy of Waltonwood)

Waltonwood senior living communities completed 2,970 acts of kindness during February as part of a company-wide effort inspired by National Random Acts of Kindness Day, Feb. 17.

“Waltonwood’s approach to senior living provides a sense of home and familiarity to residents,” says Lindsay Charlefour, director of life enrichment for Waltonwood communities. “Further than that, we want even our staff members to feel that comfort through the way that our communities care for each other. This initiative is such a great way to promote that among all of our teams and residents and encourage them to make little differences to others that can go a long way.”

Random acts of kindness can reduce pain, anxiety and stress while increasing energy, lifespan and happiness, she said. 

Some examples of acts carried out during the month:

  • The afternoon staff team at Waltonwood Cherry Hill in Canton, MI, held a surprise 70th birthday party for a fellow employee, Diana Woolum.
  • Waltonwood University Executive Director Jonathan Hills cleared snow off of staff members’ cars before the end of work to save them time and warmth.
  • Waltonwood Royal Oak in Detroit made dog treats for Detroit Dog Rescue.

Others baked goods for essential service providers, fed homeless people, ran errands or gave handmade items to fellow employees. Residents babysat friends’ pets.

Communities completed almost 500 acts of kindness in the first week of the project, according to Sara Bailey, senior regional director of sales for Waltonwood.

Waltonwood communities are run by Singh. The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, MI, and has a regional office in Cary, NC.

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