The ‘Home for the Holidays 5K’ in Medina was a little different this year, explained organizer Teresa Wilkins, “Due to the COVID restrictions we were only able to have 50 in-person runners or walkers. We then opened the race to virtual which we had almost 10 runner or walkers. Previous years we usually have over 100-plus participants.”
Proceeds raised this year, considering the pandemic and growing import of maintaining local healthcare facilities, went towards feeding hungry healthcare professionals at Orleans Community Health and Orchard Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Wilkins explained the organizations choice in donation, stating, “We felt that this year we should honor our hometown heroes. The staff at both facilities have been impacted greatly this year. It is a small way to say thank you. It is a display of encouragement saying that they are doing a wonderful job.” She added, “This also hits close to home since my own mother is a resident in North Wing and the staff have become like family to her, with all the restrictions that are in place.”
FEATURE PHOTO: (Left to Right): Home for the Holidays 5K Organizer Teresa Wilkins, Nursing Home Administrator Martin MacKenzie and Orchard Manor Employee Roseanne Velesko.