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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Puzzles To Remember Receives a Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit Grant and Continues its Mission


Recently, we received a donation of puzzles from SunsOut Puzzles. These are beautiful puzzles that are worth more then $4,000. If you would like to sponsor a direct shipment of some of these puzzles to an Alzheimer's care facility, or Veterans facility, near you please contact me via the Puzzles to Remember website.
By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Puzzles to Remember is proud to announce that it has received a Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant.

Their letter stated, "We are very interested in the success of your project and hope you will keep us informed... Through your efforts, and in partnership with our employees, we continue the strong spirit of community service that respects the memory of those lost on September 11th."



The Mini-grant Program was created by Harvard Pilgrim Health "to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11, 2001 through a special contribution to its Foundation. The Foundation then administers this special fund and distributes the Mini-grants to non-profit organizations that have been recommended by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Plans, Inc. and Perot Systems employees."

This grant allows PuzzlesToRemember to ship puzzles to Alzheimer's care facilities across the country.

This is our third grant. We also received grants from Do Something.org and Stop and Shop.

We continue to seek cash donations so that we can ship puzzles. Each $25 dollar donations allows us to reach another Alzheimer's care facility.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation we continue to accomplish our mission -- to help people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia live a better life.

Separately, here is a copy of a note PuzzlesToRemember received from Assisted Living at Silver Gardens in Dallas, Texas:
"Thank you so very much for taking the time to pick just the right puzzles for our residents. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness. We needed the more adult themes with larger pieces to assist someone with Alzheimer’s and their diminished concentration span. You nailed ‘em!

Our retired school administrator has made great use of not only the dinosaurs you sent along for her, but also the ones with infant pictures... She loves those faces – as does the retired banker I originally intended them for, since she has a great-granddaughter who’s just about a year old now.

A couple of the Residents were a bit reluctant at first, but within from two hours to the next morning, they were going to the puzzle station and getting them out with the CareTeam person who was working with activities."

Recently, I received a donation of Puzzles from SunsOut Puzzles. These are beautiful puzzles that are worth more then $4,000. If you would like to sponsor a direct shipment of some of these puzzles to an Alzheimer's care facility, or Veterans facility, near you please contact me via the Puzzles to Remember website. The only thing keeping these puzzles out of the hands of persons suffering from Alzheimer's is the cost of shipping (postage).

We continue to receive small cash donations via the donations button on the Puzzles to Remember website. These small donations really make a big difference.
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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