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Breanna Lacey and her mother, Stacy, gathered funds to make 60 care packages for retirement community.

COURTESY PHOTO - Care packages put together by Stacy and Breanna Lacey include original art by 13-year-old Breanna. The pair made packages for each of the 60 residents at East Cascade Retirement Community.A few nights ago, Stacy Lacey and her 13-year-old daughter, Breanna, were chatting about the times we're living in.

They were "talking about what her friends have been doing to stay busy and how different life is without the constant contact of friends and family," Stacy said.

"As we talked, we decided that we wanted to help bring smiles and joy to our community, with her art," Stacy said. After brainstorming a bit on how we could do this, we thought of our seniors living in the retirement and assisted living centers in Madras."

COURTESY PHOTO - Breanna Lacey, left, her mother, Stacy Lacey, center, and Rosa Carver, right, of East Cascade Retirement Community in Madras, deliver care packages assembled by Breanna and Stacy. Each included a piece of original artwork by 13-year-old Breanna.So Stacy emailed East Cascade Retirement Community, asking if they might give care packages to residents.

They learned there were 16 residents in one building, so Stacy reached out on Facebook and asked if anyone would like to help fund the care packages, which cost about $15, plus supplies for a unique craft gift from Breanna.

The money came through within a couple of hours.

So they decided to make packages for 36 residents at three of the community's five buildings. Those packages were funded within a few hours, too.

So they bumped up the goal to 60, enough packages for each resident in the facility.

"When we grew from 16 to 16, I suggested we possibly make prints of (Breanna's) art, and she still insisted on making each person their own unique art," Stacy said.

In addition to Breanna's original piece, the baskets included plants, puzzles, mugs, tea, candy, word searches, and more, all approved by East Cascade and with the gender of the resident taken into consideration.

They delivered the first 16 baskets last week and took the rest early this week.

"We cannot go in to the residents to give the baskets," Stacy said, "but knowing they will bring a smile and happiness to each person brings great happiness to Bre, myself and the amazing people who have sponsored all of the care packages."

The pair isn't done yet. Stacy said people were so generous that they will use some of the donated craft funds to make baskets for another retirement facility in Madras.

To donate, contact Stacy Lacey via Facebook.


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