Older adults help victims of Hurricane Sandy - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 5:36 pm
Reaching out to East Coast
Older adults help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Two north Omaha group residences recently reached out to help senior citizens who were victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Immanuel Fontenelle Home, a nursing home, and Seven Oaks at Notre Dame, a low-income senior citizen housing community, each raised more than $500 for nursing homes in New York and New Jersey.

As one of the Omaha residents said: “If we were hit by a tornado, I would hope that someone would help us, so let's help them.”

When Hurricane Katrina caused devastation in New Orleans in 2005, Immanuel Fontenelle residents came up with the idea of helping the victims.

This time, the staff proposed helping Sandy victims and residents agreed, said Lori Linnenbrink, recreation therapy lead at the nursing home.

“We made baked goods in our cooking group,” she said, and they asked staff and families to bring in things for a bake sale.

Residents raised $528 from all the baked goods, a 50-50 raffle and sales of donated pies, Linnenbrink said.

Sister Joan Pollack, a Seven Oaks resident, said that at a residents' council meeting, “We decided to give each resident an envelope to put in whatever donation they wanted and to return it. It was all anonymous.”

Donations reached $541.15.

“We were all amazed at the great contribution that we gathered,” Pollack said.

Immanuel Fontenelle, Seven Oaks and the nursing homes they helped are members of LeadingAge. It's an association of 6,000 nonprofits whose goal is to make the U.S. a better place to grow old.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1165, sue.truax@owh.com

Contact the writer: Sue Story Truax

sue.truax@owh.com    |   402-444-1165

Sue writes obituaries and covers community news and schools for Omaha.com's Living section, primarily Community Connection.

Read more related stories
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
Omaha crash victim, 19, had touched many lives
Firefighters take on 'fully engulfed barn fire'
Council Bluffs school board approves new district headquarters
Officials announce effort to lure more veterans to Nebraska
SB 132nd Street lane closed
Shane Osborn grabs several endorsements
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
Man's body found near North 36th, Seward Streets
Omaha area may get 1 inch of rain tonight
Gov. Heineman vetoes bill to ease restrictions on nurse practitioners
Nebraska banking and finance director to retire
Waitress who served alcohol to teen before fatal crash gets jail time, probation
Owners of exotic dance bar deny prostitution allegations
More Nebraskans are electing to vote early
A day after Ricketts endorsement, Ted Cruz backs Sasse for Senate
TD Ameritrade says profit up 35 percent in second quarter
Some city streets remain closed
Nebraska's U.S. Senate candidates stick to familiar topics at Omaha forum
19-year-old killed in one-vehicle crash at 72nd & Shirley
8% of alcohol sellers checked in Omaha area last week sold booze to minors
OPS bus, SUV collide; no students onboard at the time
Lori Jenkins, charged as accessory in 4 murders, waives speedy trial
Iowa State servers hacked, nearly 30,000 SSNs at risk
< >
COLUMNISTS »
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
The idea that Paul Hogan had studied and then hatched at his mother's table was that older people, rather than moving in with relatives or to an assisted-living center, would much prefer to stay home instead.
Breaking Brad: Nebraska GOP candidates unified against naked squirrels
Some of these Nebraska campaigns are tilting pretty far right. At a recent forum, there was a consensus that we need to ban public dancing and clothe naked squirrels in public parks.
Breaking Brad: Inside the mind of a 99-year-old real estate agent
I saw an article about a 99-year-old real estate agent who's still working. “This house is extra special. It has indoor toilets!”
Breaking Brad: Into the claw machine! Florida kid follows Lincoln kid's lead
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a child climbed inside a claw machine. Hey, Florida kid: Nobody likes a copycat.
Breaking Brad: Even Chuck Hassebrook's throwing mud!
The Nebraska campaigns have turned so ugly, Democrat Chuck Hassebrook lobbed unfounded accusations at an imaginary opponent.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
Tokyo Sushi
$5 for $10 or $10 for $20 toward All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Purchase
Buy Now
PHOTO GALLERIES »
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
WORLD-HERALD ALERTS »
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for Omaha.com's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »