Gift bags with Cookies from Beyond Delicious Catering given to employees on Cinco de Mayo

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Cinco de Mayo, employees from Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living developed and managed senior living community in New Providence, received a sweet treat from residents. Each employee received an individually wrapped bag of cookies from Beyond Delicious Catering with “Thanks” written on each cookie.

The gift bags were given to the staff after Lantern Hill’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. During the festive event, the Lantern Hill bus, decorated in the colors of the Mexican flag, toured the campus broadcasting lively Mariachi music.

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“It is a thank you to our Heroes on campus,” said resident Noreen Donovan. “The cookies are from residents to show our appreciation to all the staff who have taken such wonderful care of us.” She thought of the idea after getting a phone call accidentally from Judy at Beyond Delicious Catering about the cancelation of a cookie order. Noreen, who has shopped at Beyond Delicious many times, said she could purchase the cookies for the Lantern Hill staff.

Noreen brought the idea to resident Valerie Marr, who helped launch the "Neighbor to Neighbor Thanks Group" in April. The resident group thinks of special ways to thank Lantern Hill management and employees for being heroes during these difficult times.  Pat Hodges and Chris Stoddard are the other leaders of the Neighbor to Neighbor Phone calls and Thanks projects.

“When Noreen phoned me, I knew we needed to do this. Cookies would be a nice treat for the staff and also help our local New Providence Business Community. It’s a win-win,” said Valerie.

Valerie, along with another resident, donated to the cookie fund and Noreen placed the order.

The resident group also put together a beautiful art installation on campus with messages of gratitude to employees. The 6 ft. Banner with photography and art by residents Dexter and Anne Johnston is hanging in Dining, and posters are on display in the elevators.

“The care and concern expressed by our staff has been extraordinary. My family and I are so grateful for all they have done for us. We wish we could do more,” said Pat.

Lantern Hill has made a number of important changes, asking employees across the enterprise to take on responsibilities outside their assigned role. A new concierge service leaves mail, packages, and essentials on the shelves outside residents’ doors, so they don't have to venture out. And the dedicated culinary and dining teams deliver healthy and nutritious meals to residents’ apartment homes.

“We continue to be inspired by messages of gratitude and acts of kindness shown to our employees during this time by residents of our community,” said Executive Director Craig Karczmer. “The appreciation and caring we all feel is amazing. We will see this through together.”

About Lantern Hill: Lantern Hill, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 26-acre campus in New Providence, New Jersey. The not-for-profit community of more than 390 residents and 300 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Lantern Hill can be found at LanternHillCommunity.com.