A Message From Michelle
This message closes out a year that will certainly, by all measures, be considered historical. Not just for those of us navigating our way, but for all generations impacted by the challenges we’ve faced.
It’s been a year marked by political and racial unrest that has certainly taken it’s toll and will impact our nation’s history both now and in the future, but in this same year, we’ve faced a pandemic of global proportions. A pandemic that has swept our cities, our local communities, our own homes. A pandemic that has claimed countless lives and tested the resolve of the best.

I have often shared with staff during our educational in-services that it’s in times of adversity that we learn and grow the most. If we approach a situation and we always know the answer, while comfortable, we do not learn from that situation. However, If we are faced with a challenge that we have no idea of the solution; we will continue forward, face that challenge, move through it...and realize how much we grew by being tested when we are able to finally look back. We are still learning; we are still growing; we aren’t quite able to ‘look back’ yet. But I can assure you, there will be lessons learned.

I can assure you that all of us are facing these life-lessons. We are meeting these challenges from every corner of our lives. We are making decisions within our own homes and work spaces daily. This year has forced us to be more creative; to search for answers that aren’t obvious. It’s allowed us to truly see the importance of social connection because we now clearly see the impact of it’s absence. It’s opened the door to much self-reflection on what is truly important. It’s caused us to prioritize our lives; balancing our need to work and maintain our homes and households; with the need to care for those ‘bookends’ in our lives...our children, our grandchildren, and our parents. It’s forced us to be patient because quite frankly, what choice do we have? We are at the mercy of science. We are at the feet of a solution that requires all of us to work collectively despite our religious, political or moral convictions, all at a time when we’ve faced much division and strife as a country and a planet.

But there is hope....and there is light. Babies have been born in 2020; weddings have creatively taken place in 2020; innovation and invention have thrived in 2020; friendships and relationships have strengthened in 2020...and we will move through this, together.

So as we close out this epic year, my message is one of inspiration. Let us all be reminded we need one another; no one walks this path alone. To date, we are fortunate to say that we have had no Covid-transmission to our residents; I’m praying we can close the year with that same report. I ask you to keep all of us in your prayers because we have felt your support from the beginning, and we continue to need that support as we wait for the Covid vaccines to be delivered to our residents and our staff.

And through it all, let us celebrate those tiny moments that mark this season. A tiny light on a Christmas tree or a menorah; a familiar Christmas carol; a child’s wonder to see Santa, their laughter; the first snowflakes of the season; the wisdom from our parents and grand-parents of Christmas’ past. Maybe watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” once again and allow George to remind us of the impact each of us have on one another!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, dear friends....may you all stay safe and healthy! Cheers to 2021!!!

Michelle

Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

Help us make the Holidays a little brighter for our Residents
Pickering Manor is in need of holiday decorations for our residents' rooms. We are specifically in need of space-saving and safety-conscious decorations like holiday window clings (decals), wrapping paper, battery-operated Fairy Lights, battery-operated candles and outdoor LED lights. If you are interested in donating these items, or for any questions, please contact Andrea Eells, Activities Director, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1115 or Kelly Moyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1127. Thank you for helping us make the holidays special for our residents and staff!
DECEMBER
SKILLED NURSING & PERSONAL CARE ACTIVITY CALENDARS
During these difficult times when residents are separated from their families and other loved ones, we wanted to share the hard work our Activities Department staff does in order to keep our residents engaged and connected on a daily basis. Click here to view this month's Skilled Nursing Activity Calendar and here for Personal Care Activity Calendar.
LEAVE US A REVIEW
We are always happy to hear from Pickering Manor families and friends who have a positive experience with our services. A big thanks to Jane Robinson for her recent review on Google. Word of mouth is one of the best ways we receive referrals, so please leave us a review on Facebook or Google today!
Shop Amazon Smile this holiday season to support Pickering Manor!
With the holiday season upon us, we'd like to remind you, our loyal donors, families and volunteers, of the simple and no-cost way for you to shop and support Pickering Manor at the same time through Amazon Smile. To designate .5% of each qualifying purchase, log into your Amazon Smile account and select "Community Welfare Council of Newtown" as your charity to support (see below for more instructions). Thank you!
December Birthdays
December 8

Mary H.

December 11

Helen M.

December 13

Bill W.

December 14

Myra A.

December 16

Ann B.

December 29

Millie R.
Thanksgiving Kindness
We were touched once again by one of Pickering Manor's youngest volunteers and neighbors, Liam Lambert, of "Baking with Babies".
Liam and his Mom Julie delivered Thanksgiving cards to our Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Moyer, to share with our residents. Thanks to Liam and his Mom for always remembering our residents and staff during these difficult times!
Holiday Masks
A very special thank you to Nancy Pickering for the donation of hand-made masks for our residents and staff!
Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 26, 2021

Due to COVID-19, we will hold a Designer Bag Virtual Mystery Raffle in lieu of our live event. Each weekday from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 26, we will choose a winner. Designer bags include Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Dooney & Bourke, and more!

Tickets are $40.00 (one entry per day for each day of the drawing) OR
$100.00 (five entries per day for each day of the drawing).

Even if you win, you are still entered in each day's drawing.

Purchase your tickets here. If you have general inquiries, would like to donate a bag, sponsor the event, or to order tickets by phone, call Pickering Manor’s Development Department at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email jmiller@pickeringmanor.org.

Do you have a business you'd like to promote? Click here for our sponsorship opportunities or call Jennifer Miller, (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112. Deadline for inclusion in postcard mailer is Monday, January 4, 2021.

Your email receipt is proof of purchase. NO bag exchanges or receipts given.
Wrapping Presence Delivery
We are thankful to Wrapping Presence volunteer Cheryl Paradiso for delivering holiday gifts to Khristyne Bell in our Activities Department for distribution to our residents. We are grateful for Wrapping Presence's donation of time and gifts over their years of work for the residents of Pickering Manor and their families. It is an especially important time to give thanks during the COVID-19 pandemic when residents are isolated from their families and friends. We wish you health and safety this holiday season!
Our 2nd Annual Sips and Suds went virtual this year due to COVID-19. We would like to thank to our sponsors, donors, and ticket buyers for making our Sips and Suds Virtual Mystery Raffle such a success. Together, you helped us raise $15,000.00 for Pickering Manor residents! Thank you to everyone who took a chance and we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season!

Congratulations to our Winners!

Monday, November 9-Eagles Tailgate
Kevin & Shelia Wallin

Tuesday, November 10-Home Improvement
Bev Remsburg

Wednesday, November 11-Phillies Fan
Eileen Reilly

Thursday, November 12-Beauty Basket
Susan Kane
 
Friday, November 13-Craft Beer Lover
Maureen Lennon
 
Monday, November 16-Wine Basket
Tom & Susan Drotar

Monday, November 16-Bonus Wine Basket
Rhonda Goldschmidt

Tuesday, November 17-Kitchen and Bar Essentials
Christine Jump
 
Wednesday, November 18-Camping Essentials
Ted & Karen Palka
 
Thursday, November 19-Australian-themed Fun
Mary Hunter

Friday, November 20-Arts and Culture
Jeff & Lynne Mann

Monday, November 23-Beach Essentials
Alan Landis

Tuesday, November 24-Stock Your Liquor Cabinet
Sarah O'Hara

Wednesday, November 25-Holiday-Fun Seasonal Experience
Marty & Sue Sutton

Friday, November 27-Exercise Enthusiast
Michael Wasson
 
Monday, November 30-Grand Prize: Five Disney One-Hopper Passes and Vera Bradley Tote
Brian Bradley

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
First National Bank and Trust of Newtown

Premium Brands Sponsor
Johnson, Kendall, and Johnson

Well Brands Sponsor
Contract Pharmacy Services

Individual & Raffle Basket Donors
Ms. Marie Brady
Mr. & Mrs. John Callaghan
Mr. & Mrs. David Callahan
Cape May Brewing Company
Cold Spring Beverages
Disney World
Mrs. Andrea Eells
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fabian
Ms. Carol Hauss
Mrs. Mary Hunter
Johnson, Kendall, and Johnson
Mrs. Michelle Knobloch
Lace Silhouettes
Longwood Gardens
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection's Mission Team
Mr. Robert Lutz
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
Newtown Brewing Company
Newtown Theatre
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Mrs. Jo-Anne Nardo
Mr. & Mrs. John Parry
Pascarella Eye Care and Contact Lenses
Philadelphia Phillies
Ms. Eileen Reilly and Ms. Kathy Reilly
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Smith
Mrs. Marge Torongo
Mr. & Mrs. David Woodhead
Wycombe Vineyards
Please note it is not too late to be a part of our Capital Campaign. We are 60% towards our $1.5 million goal and you can help us to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Many donors chose the end of the year to make their yearly contributions, so we encourage all potential and existing donors to explore doubling their gift through their employer’s Matching Gift program. You can give online or call our Development Department for more information at (215) 968-3878 ext. 1112.
About Pickering Manor

Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering 10 semi-detached cottages, 24 apartments, 22 private personal care rooms and 47 licensed skilled nursing beds. In 2020, Pickering Manor launched its largest expansion to date. The 26,000 square foot Sidney T. Yates Pavilion with a state-of-the-art rehab, 15 short-term rehab rooms, and 15 personal care rooms is now open.

In 2021, Pickering Manor will finish renovations to the existing "Pickering Pavilion" to include a 46-bed renovated skilled nursing unit and a 15-bed certified Memory Care unit.

Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only 5-star community-owned and operated continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Pennsylvania.