April 17, 2006 – Easter baskets filled with goodies, a buffet of mouth watering food and familiar faces, back again for the 13th year, greeted residents of the Wilford Pedro Home for the Elderly, formerly known as Whim Gardens Home for the Elderly, for the annual Easter luncheon on Sunday.
The residential homes were renamed in honor of Pedro, a 20-year resident, who died shortly after the renaming ceremonies. Pedro was more than 100 years old. (See "Centenarian Feted for Quelbe Contributions").
Josephine Alicia, a 75-year-old seven-year resident of the Wilford Pedro Home and its tenant council president, made sure the afternoon went smoothly and all the residents were taken care of.
Trays of food, fruit and Easter baskets were delivered to residents who could not come to the breezy alcove where tables and chairs were set with festive tablecloths. "We served food to about 21 residents in their homes and more than 40 came out to eat," Alicia said.
Volunteers look forward to this event as much as the residents do. "We have people who help faithfully every year," said FEDA member Unise Tranberg.
Dean Roberts, a teacher at St. Croix Educational Complex, was there with members of his class. "This is our sixth year participating," Roberts said. "More students volunteer every year, they tell each other how good it is." Roberts said students earn bonus points on their class grade and community service hours.
Educational Complex senior Leona Lubrin volunteered for the first time and said she enjoyed it. "It was good to visit with the residents," Lubrin said. "They have a lot of good stories."
Tranberg said volunteers help prepare the Easter baskets in advance, decorating three cases of boiled eggs and filling baskets with candy, cookies and small stuffed toys.
St. Croix resident Larry Quinn donated the eggs. This is his fifth year contributing to the project. "It's a labor of love," Tranberg said.
FEDA President Rupert Ross Jr. helped fill the senior's plates as they went through the buffet line.
The food, candy, fruit and beverages were donated by Merchants Market, the Farmers Market, West Indies Corp., Kusmaul and Bellows International.
Other volunteers included Becky Merwin, Lori Adams, Raymond Joseph, Charlotte Tranberg, Lenny James, Francis and Jack Carson, and Claire Roker. Student volunteers included Deray James, Zayd Saleem, Shanece Scattliffe and Shenee Wilson.
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