Eagle Scout creates memorial garden at Comfort Care Home

6 Nov
Connor's Eagle Project

Fellow scouts help Connor Lazzaro (left) refurbish a picnic table. (Provided)  

Hot on the heels of the blog I posted yesterday about one new Eagle Scout, I bring you news of another fine young man doing great things for our community.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, 16-year old Connor Lazzaro, a member of St. Rita’s Troop 163, completed a very involved, multi-faceted project for Webster Comfort Care Home (WCCH).

Connor developed a plan, secured donations and led 30 volunteers to build and cultivate a Memorial Garden. As part of the project, he renovated a gazebo, picnic table and three benches, edged the landscape, mulched the berm and removed a tree from the home’s grounds.

The team effort involved more than 255 hours of service and involved Scouts from Troop 163 Scouts, with additional help from many of Connor’s family members and friends.

The project was a labor of love. When Connor was just nine years old, his grandfather became terminally ill, and spent his final days as a Webster Comfort Care Home resident.

Connor recalled,

I remember visiting my Papa there and spending time with him playing games.  I also received letters from the volunteers at the home sharing stories of conversations they had with him.  The volunteers planned a Super Bowl Party for us that year and Papa had such a great time.

When it came time to start my Eagle Scout Project, I knew WCCH was the organization I wanted to help because they were there for my family when my Grandfather needed around the clock comfort and care.  The services they provided were free of charge and the support they provided not only helped Papa but also our family.  And, Papa enjoyed gardening all his life, so building a memorial garden seemed to be the perfect project to pay tribute to him.

“We are so grateful to Connor and his team of volunteers for their tremendous efforts, said WCCH Executive Director Janet Jones-Brower.  “We now have a beautiful garden for our residents and their families and also for our Webster neighbors and our volunteers to enjoy.  It’s a place to reflect and pay tribute.”

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Community members can help make the new Memorial Garden even more special by making a gift this holiday season in honor or memory of a family member or friend. Gifts will be used to help purchase plants, trees and fertilizer for the garden, plus signage for those honored.

To make an honor or memorial gift, visit http://www.webstercomfortcare.org or contact Janet Jones-Brower at (585) 872-5290.

The Webster Comfort Care Home provides a warm, loving and home-like atmosphere for residents during their final days of life.  Care is provided around-the-clock by more than 75 volunteeConnor's Eagle Projectrs and nurses at no cost to the residents or their families.  They also provide support and encouragement to loved ones through the end-of-life journey.

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