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Almost all of the dreams that are realized through Ashwood Place’s Second Wind Dreams Program are for the dreamer.  From the simple dream like having a specific parking space at Ashwood Place Retirement Community to the more complicated, like becoming a Kentucky State Trooper for a day, Cathy Moore and Pam Olds go to any and all lengths possible to make their residents dreams come true!  But this dream was something special.  This dream was different.  Joan Metts wanted to win the lottery to get rich and help those less fortunate than herself.  Well, Cathy and Pam knew that this her winning the lottery and winning enough to make a difference in others lives probably wasn’t going to happen.  So they did the next best thing.  They involved the community and held a month-long food drive and fund-raiser.

They chose the Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter as the recipient of their efforts.  The held a food drive at the Save-A-Lot East side location on Versailles Road.  They asked for cash donations from residents, businesses and the community at large alike.  They approached businesses and asked for donations of personal hygiene items.  They appealed to the Frankfort Rotary Club and also the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce.  They connected with other non-profit organizations to share donations that they may already be allocated.  In the end, on Monday, September 9th, Joan was able to show up at the Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter with over a quarter ton of food, paper and toiletry items and $500!!!  PLUS, Joan received a hand full scratch off lottery tickets.  From those, she earned another $11 and three more lottery tickets.  When the caravan of cars and trucks pulled up to the Soup Kitchen, they were overwhelmed with emotion.  One person came out with a simple hand cart and, after seeing the mountain of food in the back of a pick-up truck, went back inside to get multiple shopping carts!  It took a team of people to unload everything.  It took a team of people to collect everything.  It took the Frankfort community to rally together.  It took Joan and her dream to set it all in motion.

“Helping Joan Help Others” was a very special Second Wind Dream.  We all could take a page from Joan’s book on how to live life.  Paying it forward every day makes for a better, stronger community.

Special thanks go to Froggy 104.9, Capital Living Magazine / Digital Expressions Photograph and The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce offer to do Public Service Announcements on Joan’s behalf.  Local dentists Dr. Mortenson and Dr. Bell donated such items as toothpaste and other personal hygiene items to go in the kit that Ashwood called “bed in a box”, filled with toiletries and personal items for the shelter residents.  The Frankfort Rotary Club has also helped tremendously in this effort as well.  “We’d also like to thank Save-A-Lot (East) for letting us set up a table.  This gave us the opportunity to interact with the community on Joan’s behalf”, says Cathy Moore.  And, new Chamber Member Arthur Williams of N.E.R.D. Collegiate & MarketingU101, who will be making future hygiene donations to the Men’s Shelter and calling it “The Joan Foundation”.  Making sure that Joan’s dream lives on for a long time to come!

Want to help a senior realize their dream?  Contact Cathy Moore at 502-320-1087.  No gesture too small to help a deserving senior realize a dream!

Second Wind Dreams is a national non-profit organization, based in Alpharetta, GA that makes dreams come true for eldercare community residents throughout the U.S. thereby changing the perception of aging, and Ashwood Place is a FiveStar Senior Living community in Frankfort, KY.  www.secondwind.org  678-624-0500.

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