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Lodge Members Help Those Impacted by COVID-19

Lodge Members Help Those Impacted by COVID-19Many are unsure where to start with volunteer projects and knowing where to start during a pandemic can be even more difficult. With social distancing in place, how are we to serve our community, especially when more people than ever need our help? One sister and brother team, Tristen and Trenton Payne, have figured it out. The siblings have been busy at work serving a population who has been greatly impacted by COVID-19.

Tristen and Trenton Payne are avid volunteers. They were two of the earliest Lodge members to complete the Four Winds Project and they have not taken time off since. Due to the pandemic, and to help keep residents safe, many nursing homes have not allowed visitors of any kind for months. To bring some much needed cheer and happiness to the Ridgeview Care Center residents during this difficult time, the Payne siblings were cleared by the center to allow their family dog, Jax, to visit the residents. With the help of their mom who works at the Ridgeview Care Center, Jax was taken to the residents’ rooms to visit them. The Payne siblings then stood at each window, waving and talking to the residents. Tristen said, “The residents were so happy to see us and our dog that we plan to make this a weekly event!”

In these uncertain times, the Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk & Tekakwitha needs to band together and help. If you are interested in joining Tristen and Trenton Payne for one of their visits, please contact us at lodge@odnessonk.com to coordinate.

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