A group of Jasper women have a history of helping others.

Every month for the past three years, the ladies gather items for charities, civic groups or families in need of a helping hand.

What makes these ladies unique is that they’ve done all of this while living in a nursing home.

The Silk Scarf Society has a two-fold mission: assist local causes and show the community that you can continue to give back while living in a nursing home.

The group of 10 ladies living at Ridgeview Health Services meets regularly to choose a monthly service project. Once the cause is chosen, the group goes to work.

“The projects are a huge blessing to us,” Silk Scarf Society Chairperson Marie Frazier said. “We embrace the cause and put in the time and effort to accomplish the goals we set.”

In September, the ladies collected a car load of supplies for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Items included personal care products, toiletries, paper products, kitchen cleaning supplies, snacks and water. The items will be used to create welcome kits for families moving into the Ronald McDonald House while their child is treated at Children’s of Alabama, UAB or other hospitals. Ronald McDonald stopped by the nursing home to pick up the supplies and personally thank the Silk Scarf Society.

“We would not be able to fulfill our goals without the support of the Activity Department, and all the staff members and families for their continued assistance,” Marie added.

They’re currently collecting candy for Ridgeview’s Halloween party when children will go from room to room trick-or-treating. The society is also beginning to accept food and other donations for a local “family in need” as their Thanksgiving project.

“They are very civic minded, they read the newspapers, watch the news, they know what the needs are,” Ridgeview Health Services Director of Nursing Vicky Burrell said. “I’m very proud of them because they don’t do this for the recognition.”

December will be very busy as the Silk Scarf Society members take on local and international service projects. The first goal is to sponsor two local children through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree. The second is to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child that Samaritan’s Purse will send to children in other countries.

“It gives you hope that even when you can’t care for yourself, you can still contribute to society,” Vicky said. “No matter what they may be perceived as by living in a nursing home, they turn it around and provide for other people.”

How You Can Get Involved
Member of the Silk Scarf Society welcome your support. Contact Ridgeview Health Services if you would like to donate items or make contributions.

Members of the Silk Scarf Society
Betty Brasfield
Violet Crump
Marie Frazier
Peggy Tune
Barbara Mize
Nadene Nash
Estelle Orr
Sharon Studdard
Shirley Wallace
Nina Whitson

About Ridgeview Health Services:
Ridgeview Health Services is a 148-bed skilled nursing center located in Jasper. It offers long term care, rehabilitation services and specialized services for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Kara Holland is the Administrator, and Vicky Burrell is the Director of Nursing.