As the month of April comes to an end, VINE Faith in Action hopes to bring back a tradition many do not participate in anymore, May Day baskets. Through the 19th and 20th centuries, May Basket Day celebrations took place across the nation. People would gather flowers, candies and other goodies to put in baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1.
Since the coronavirus began and social distancing has left many isolated in their homes, VINE started delivering goodie baskets to its care receivers. Then VINE’s Executive Director, Pam Determan, had an idea.
“When my kids were growing up, May Day was really fun. We decorated little baskets, added some candy, and then stealthily delivered them around the neighborhood,” Determan said. “This year, we asked our volunteers to help us bring a smile to our isolated, elderly neighbors.”
Last week VINE offered baskets donated from the VINE Home Thrift Store to volunteers to fill up with goodies and return to the VINE Adult Community Center. Over 100 baskets were returned filled with puzzles, books, treats, masks and much more. VINE staff sanitized the baskets and will be delivering them to older adult’s homes on Friday.
More information about VINE can be found online at vinevolunteers.com or by calling (507) 387-1666.