June's Little Day Brighteners - Gifts for Elderly Ladies
- Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:21
- Written by Stanton Berg
(June's message to Elderly Ladies sitting and Dining Alone)
Once a week I have lunch at one of several restaurants that June and I always loved to dine at in past times when June was still with me...these same restaurants now have a "June's Alzheimer's Awareness Card" dispenser at their front check out desks...these cards available and dispensed to the interested public, tell a brief story of both June and my mother Ellen, who were both Alzheimer's victims...as well as providing information to the public on the prevalence of the Alzheimer's disease...it is our effort to promote awareness of the disease and hopefully stimulate funding and research to find a cure. I have lunch at each restaurant once a week as a thank you to the restaurant for permitting me to dispense June's awareness cards at their front check out desk. The restaurants involved are Applebee's in Fridley, Baker's Square in Blaine, Green Mill in Rosedale, Keys in Spring Lake Park, New Brighton Bar and Grill (formerly Champps), Perkins in Fridley and The Embers in Fridley. There is also a dispenser at Maxines, in my home town of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The purpose of my weekly visits is to also replace dispensed cards in the dispensers.
While having my lunch, I always keep a look out for what I call “Lonely looking elderly ladies sitting by themselves”…it is my intention and hope that I can add a day brightener to the life of some lonely lady living alone through June and my intervention and hopefully with God's blessings!
The stories as related below, are all represenative examples of reactions by elderly ladies when receiving June's offer of a gift of desert as both a gift from June and as a reflection of God's love...hopefully these examples will give the reader an understanding of what I am trying to accomplish in both June and God's behalf.
A Few Elderly Lady Responses
(10 March 2015)..."today I saw such a lady, an attractive elderly lady with white hair sitting alone in one of the end booths at Keys…I gave my waitress one of my specially prepared June messages for such ladies…(see illustration above)...it is a message from June inviting the lady to have a gift of pie, ice cream or other such desert as a love gift from God…the waitress is instructed to keep my involvement anonymous and if the lady accepts the small gift, to bill me for the amount but do not make this obvious to the lady that I am involved or paying the bill. The lady read the message from June and accepted June's offer via the waitress…
I had just finished my meal so I was in the process of leaving when the lady came in and sat down…my waitress handled it all very expeditiously and brought the lady’s pie bill to the front desk where I was waiting to see what happened…The waitress advised me that the lady said to thank me…I told the waitress that it was from June and I was not supposed to be involved…well it turned out that this lady knew and recognized June as being from her own church…our church has a large membership…at that point the lady caught me at the door as I was leaving to give me a personal thank you…I again affirmed that the gift of a pie that she selected, was from June and not from me…
What the lady then said to me, brought tears to my eyes as I left the restaurant to return to my car…the lady told me how many people knew June and that June was a lady who had brightened the lives of many who have come in contact with her…what a great way to end my visit to Key’s…I could not help but think of how June with God’s help is still brightening lives…
(24 March 2015)...today my waitress at Key's advised me of an elderly lady sitting alone on the far side of restaurant...a lady that she thought would qualify for one of my June's gifts of a desert...I gave her June's printed message for delivery...almost immediately she returned to say the lady (Cheryl) accepted June's offer (a slice of Banana Cream Pie) and expressed how touched that she was by the offer and advised that her mother was also a victim of Alzheimer's...
(2 May 2015)...today the manager at Applebee's alerted me to an elderly lady sitting alone near the windows...I gave the manager the "Elderly Lady Message from June" to give to her and see if she wanted to accept June's gift of desert...the manager returned in a few minutes to say that after reading the message from June, the lady started crying and told the manager that she had also lost her mother to Alzheimer's...she accepted June's gift of desert...another lady who had lost her mother to this terrible disease.
(1, 3 June 2015)...three elderly ladies on my last two visits to Ember's...the first lady who accepted June's offer became very emotional...she took out her hankerchief to wipe her eyes, then put her face in her hands and wept...later she again had to wipe her eyes...the second and third ones on a later visit, were not emotional at all...the 2nd one commented on "How Sweet" and the 3rd one in an expression of surprise blurted out: "No Kidding!"...
This is one of June and Stan's Purple Angel World Ambassador programs: June and Stan were both appointed as Purple Angel World Dementia Ambassadors (October 2013) for the purpose of promoting world wide awareness of Alzheimer's and the dementia diseases. Such an awareness will in turn promote funding for research to find a cure and to promote proper care practices. June was appointed an honorary Purple Angel Ambassador with Stan as her representative in order to promote her many charitable programs that all have an Alzheimer's and dementia awareness connection. June is the only resident of Heaven to have received this honor...and who actually lives among the Angels...The Purple Angel world headquarters is in Devon, United Kingdom.
Dianne Wood - Flintshire, United Kingdom - (10 March 2015): "When I look at your pictures of June I see a well loved, content, happy, lovely lady. You are very...and I'm sure she is very proud."
Stephanie Grier Bunker - Show Low, Arizona- (10 March 2015): "She is brightening my life through you."
Amanda Biggs-Debeen - Drysdale VIC, Australia - (10 March 2015): "love this, very special."
Lyn Young - Elgin, Moray, United Kingdom - (10 March 2015): "Junes kindness lives on! Take care Stanton."