Memorial giving a success at Canton Woods

Canton Woods is a home away from home for many in the Greater Baldwinsville area.

It offers social activities, meals, outreach programs, driver education classes, blood pressure screening, speakers and much more. Perhaps its greatest offering is the tight-knit community participants have formed.

To honor Canton Woods' participants, the senior activity group spearheaded a memorial-giving program in 2006. Whenever someone passes away, collections are made in their name as a way of remembering a friend while also strengthening the future of the center.

"[Donors] want people down the line to remember [their friends or family] were part of Canton Woods," said Bob Stockdale, a member of the Memorial and Endowment Committee.

If more than $200 is raised in one's memory, then their name is engraved onto a memorial plaque, which is displayed in the entranceway of the center.

"People like to see their mom and dad on the plaque," said Ed Barlow, chairman of memorial and endowment giving.

"It's also a way to show the 30-year history of the center," said Ruth Troy, director of Canton Woods Senior Center.

The program has proved fruitful. Since 2006, the memorials have raised $5,000.

"It has become part of the community here," Troy said. "Friends will donate in memory of each other."

All the funds raised go into a special interest-bearing account and proceeds are then used for special projects around the center, specifically the memorial garden.

"The memorial giving is really moving along," Stockdale said. "We're proud of it and the way people are supporting it."

If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, whether they recently passed away or passed away years ago, contact Ed Barlow at the Senior Center, 638-4536. All donations will be receipted and are tax deductible and a letter is sent to the family members of the deceased listing the names of all contributors as well.

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