Helen Paul, formerly of Roselle, a resident of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County watches as grandson Ben Joback of North Plainfield guesses the weight of the watermelon at the Courtyard Carnival.
Classic summertime fun, a carnival was held at RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights recently. The 12th annual event, popular for all ages from tots to seniors was organized by the facility’s Activities Therapy Department. The festive occasion was held in the Long Term Care Courtyard, a favorite gathering place.
Residents, patients and visitors to the Courtyard Carnival were treated to music and the amazing “Alex Cadabra,” the Magician. They also enjoyed games that included Plinko, Krazy Kans, Potty Toss and Hot Shot; posed for a caricature and stopped to get a temporary tattoo.
“There was a wide array of fun activities at the Courtyard Carnival,” said Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. “Thanks to the work of the facility’s staff and volunteers, everyone attending could enjoy carnival classics from games to Spin Art. There was even a petting zoo. The carnival is only one of many activities residentsand patients may choose to participate in during the year. Just a sampling includes a Mardi Gras celebration; a “senior” prom, barbecues and seasonal holiday parties. In between there are out trips as diverse as baseball games, a dog show and performances.”
Carnival game winners turned in their tickets for prizesdonated by the Volunteer Guild. Treats including Italian Ices, popcorn and cotton candy were available for everyone’s enjoyment.
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RUNNELLS volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to helping at activities like out trips, serving at candlelight dinners, delivering liquid for the hydration program and serving as well as visiting residents at the coffee socials. Interested individuals should call The Office of Volunteer Services at 908-771-5847. Flexible hours and numerous opportunities exist.
RUNNELLS Hospital is located at 40 Watchung Way.