On Saturday, February 23, 2013, 24 members of the Crusaders Equestrian Team came by for a visit with the kids. Twelve adults and 12 young girls set up two game stations, then sat down to play board games, work on beading projects and puzzles, and make paper airplanes.
The Crusaders Equestrian Team is a nonprofit Christian organization that participates in numerous equestrian events throughout the year. They also play an active role in the community by donating time and funds to charitable organizations. The group was introduced to Mount Saint Vincent through team co-founder Tracey Nazarenus, who volunteers at the agency by bringing in her two miniature poodles, both of which are certified pet therapy dogs.
“One of our favorite events is visiting the children at Mount Saint Vincent,” Nazarenus said. “We appreciate the opportunity to create positive reinforcement in their lives.”
Two of the young visitors were Malena Blue 12years old and Nicole 9 years old . They said, “We played games like Jenga and Uno. We even made paper airplanes. While we were making the airplanes the kids taught us how to improve our planes, and we made different things out of paper like origami animals. It was fun.”
Mount Saint Vincent Recreational Therapist Patti Lemmon stressed the importance of spending quality time with the children. “The opportunity to relate to a volunteer and spend a two-hour period of time one-on-one is just invaluable,” Lemmon said. “We’re grateful to the Crusaders for the donation of their time.”
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