Local Residents Donate Holiday Collections to Senior Care Center

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Dec. 2, 2008 – St. Simons Island residents Fred and Elizabeth Freyer recently donated their North Pole Village and Snow Village holiday collections to the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center. According to Elizabeth Freyer, there are more than 1,000 pieces in the collections she acquired over the last several years.

“I displayed them for years in our house in Atlanta but when we moved here (in 2001), I didn’t have the space and I wanted to share them with others,” she says. “At first I thought about donating them to the hospital. Then, Katherine (Thurber, director of development of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation) suggested that we donate them to the Senior Care Center. Since my mother spent many years in a nursing home, I thought that was a wonderful idea—anything to bring a little joy to the residents’ lives. I think the residents will particularly enjoy the Snow Village, which is a more nostalgic collection of past periods in history, and has some pieces that are from 25 to 30 years old.”

Both collections were unveiled at the Senior Care Center’s holiday celebration on Nov. 25, and were a hit with residents, visitors, and staff alike. “We are so thankful to the Freyers for making this holiday season a wonderful time for our residents,” Thurber says. “Every gift we receive for the Senior Care Center helps create a place where our residents will thrive and assures their families that their loved ones are being well taken care of.”

For more information about the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the not-for-profit Health System, call 912-466-3360 or visit www.sghs.com.