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Bristal residents lend their helping hands across the county

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Residents of The Bristal, an assisted living facility, including the one in North Woodmere take part in the Helping Hands Community Volunteer Program, which bake, craft, knit and shop for local charities on a monthly basis.

Members put their sewing and knitting needles together to make caps for newborns and chemotherapy patients, as well as quilted pillows and blankets for hospitals and animal shelters. During the Easter and Christmas holidays, members shop for gifts and practical items for those in need.

Other members make and sell handcrafted items and donate proceeds to local charities such as the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. Volunteers from all The Bristals across Long Island, got together at The Bristal at Jericho on Jan. 15 to celebrate their accomplishments, share ideas and their passion for community service.