AUBURN – Sunny Meadows, located in Auburn, is one of 11 county homes still in operation in Indiana.
This house operates as an assisted living facility for mentally disabled men and women in the community. Sunny Meadows is currently home to 21 residents – 12 men and nine women.
At its November meeting, the Spencerville Order of the Eastern Star discussed ways to bless the local county home during Christmas.
OES members have decided to hold a food drive at our December meeting and to purchase some basic necessities for residents. Members have asked for help from our community to help with the Christmas giving project.
Beacon Credit Union donated $500 to purchase items on residents’ Christmas lists. Adventure Homes purchased pajamas, Butler Dental Group provided toothbrush kits, and Auburn Lions Club donated a case of oranges. The Eastern Star purchased socks and underwear for each resident.
The food drive received donations of chicken, pork, beef and spaghetti for supper, many canned vegetables and fruits, cereals and snacks. The items were delivered by a group of OES members with Mrs. Claus. The residents were happy and very grateful for the gifts and our visit with them.
These group homes are very worthy of our commitment to serve and are so often a forgotten group of orphans in our communities. Spencerville OES would like to challenge OES chapters across the state to visit and engage with the people who live in these homes. The rewards are significant and endless.