THE RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT of Texas City received a huge pick-me-up on Friday, courtesy of Kevin Yackly and Senior Share of Galveston County.
Senior Share delivered 90 floral bouquets to the nursing home facility, which has had more than 80 of its residents infected with COVID-19, one of the largest clusters in the state. The timing could not have been more perfect, as the delivery indeed made it a Good Friday throughout the facility.
“We certainly didn’t expect this,” said Julie Piberal, the Resort’s administrator. “This is going to uplift them so much.”
Into its 10th year, Senior Share of Galveston County entertains seniors during each holiday season. The main goal of the organization is to help seniors combat the threat of depression that tends to inflict them when holidays approach.
“Because of the number of people at this particular nursing home that contracted the COVID-19 virus, I knew this would work perfectly,” said Yackly. “What I’m trying to do is to have other people copycat us.”
Yackly was able to get the cooperation of From the Heart Florists in Texas City to create the bouquets. Despite the heavy demand that comes from the Easter holiday, From the Heart stepped up and provided the necessary sunshine to help Yackly and Senior Share complete their vision.
“They’re the ones who made this possible,” Yackly said of the flower shop. “Easter weekend means a lot of families are sending flowers because they’re not allowed to visit. They were able to squeeze us in, which made us extremely happy.”
The good news is that the flowers are long-lasting, which will bring extended joy to the residents who received them.
For Yackly, the ability to achieve this goal is one that comes from the heart.
“I love seniors,” he said. “I love history, and I love to talk to them about the good old days. I know that what I did will brighten their lives.”
Yackly is not done with his desire to help The Resort, as he plans to return and provide lunch to each of the employees.