Life Care Centers of America recognized the outstanding volunteer contributions of Kay Marr with its Carl W. Campbell Wind Beneath My Wings Award.
The award, commemorated by a crystal sculpture of an eagle in flight, was given during the company’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland.
“You can measure the character and integrity of a person by the size of their heart – and Kay Marr stands out as an incredible example of how we should love and care for one another,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “She represents the best of our volunteers.”
Ms. Marr has been a volunteer at Life Care Center of Red Bank since 2007, when her mother became a resident. She started by bringing in ceramics for the residents to paint, and she continues to do a lot to bring color and creativity to their lives. When the residents design special jewelry for holidays as gifts for their loved ones, she strings the pieces. She offers face painting for Halloween and helps residents with their Halloween costumes.
Each month, Ms. Marr provides flowers for the residents to use in decorating the dining room tables, and during the holiday season, she decorates all the Christmas trees throughout the facility.
“Kay is one of the most dependable, cheerful, caring volunteers,” said Tillie Grant, activity director. “She works tirelessly coming up with new ideas for crafts, and our residents keep all the crafts they make with Kay as special keepsakes.”
“It just comes naturally,” said Ms. Marr. “I love them all.”
The Carl W. Campbell Wind Beneath My Wings Award is presented annually to a volunteer chosen from among Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide. Criteria include serving as an inspirational example of extraordinary dedication and providing leadership in the field of nursing home volunteerism.
Carl W. Campbell is an entrepreneur from Washington who provided financial support for the construction of Life Care’s first nursing facility in Cleveland. Mr. Campbell has continued to lend his resources and heart to the growth of the company and the achievement of its mission.
Life Care Center of Red Bank is at 1020 Runyan Dr.
Founded in 1976, Life Care manages nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.