Kay (not pictured) loved her community at Walker Methodist Plaza in Anoka. So, when Kay passed away, her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jayne, wanted to thank the people who cared for Kay so well. They decided to treat the team to their mom’s favorite dessert: ice cream.
Corey, Plaza’s executive director, thought his team could do more to honor Kay’s legacy. He started looking into purchasing a soft-serve ice cream machine for team members and residents to enjoy for years to come. Corey researched and was disappointed by the high cost. What happened next took him by surprise…
Kay’s family donated more. Others heard about this endeavor and donated to honor their loved ones, too. One family member said, “My uncle loved ice cream. I hope this helps others enjoy a sweet treat.”
Before long, a shiny new soft-serve ice cream machine found its home at Plaza. Residents and team members enjoy new flavors each week. So far, they’ve loved strawberries and cream, vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, and pistachio. Residents, team members, and family members can purchase ice cream sundaes, cones, or floats. Corey even hands out punch cards to encourage team members and welcome new residents.
Bringing a smile to someone’s face doesn’t take much. And for the community at Plaza, thanks to families’ generosity, it’s often as simple as an ice cream cone.