Linden Pay It Forward is asking for the public’s help to bring some cheer to the residents of Symphony Linden, which used to be called Caretel Inns of Linden.
Pay It Forward and Symphony are partnering to set up a drive-through holiday light display at the facility in Linden.
Stephanie Johnson, Linden Pay It Forward project manager, came up with the idea after she found out that the holiday parade and fireworks were canceled. She said Symphony was looking for help decorating the grounds for the residents.
“We wanted to do this because this has been a hard, ugly, and sad year for many of us. It has been especially hard on the residents at Symphony. Many
are lonely and depressed. The staff is stressed out and saddened by the current circumstances. Symphony’s residents are a part of our community and as a community we need to come together and help them. We need to help lift their spirits this holiday season and frankly, many of our own. We can do that by coming together to help spread joy and happiness to Symphony, to our kiddos, and to each other,” Johnson said.
Also working on the project is Denise Marks, founder of Pay It Forward, Wendy Wagner of Pay It Forward, and Aimee Noye from Symphony.
Johnson said it will be “amazing” but they need everyone’s help to accomplish it on time. They’re in need of LED lights and monetary donations. They’re also looking for volunteers for set up days.
They’re setting up the lights this coming weekend, on Saturday. Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22. A lighting ceremony is planned for Dec. 5.
On Facebook, Marks said, “We are getting into the holiday spirit not only to bring much needed joy to the residents and staff of Symphony, but to our community as well, especially our kiddos.”
This is what the groups need:
• LED lights in all different sizes, shapes, and net lighting! They must be LED.
• Monetary donations. Every dollar counts.
• Volunteers for décor making, prepping, set up, and take down
• Outdoor holiday displays (preferably LED). For example, light up reindeer, light up trees, lawn ornaments, anything big, medium, or small
• Outdoor extension cords and outdoor cord splitters
• Pool Noodles
• Holiday ribbon
• Garland (with or without lights)
• Ornament hooks, floral wire, twist ties, zip ties, and duct tape
• Large plastic ornaments (the bigger the better!)
• Wreaths (any size, shape, or color. With or without lights)
• Holiday Projectors
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To donate these items,
reach out to Stephanie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or Wendy Wagner by private message on Facebook or at