The Ashland Beacon
Active Day, an adult day care located on Route 60 in Boyd County, takes care of adults with many different abilities. Many older people that they have taken care of throughout the years suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, which gave them the idea to form a team and join the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ that takes place each fall in Central Park.
The group works very hard to fundraise for the fight against Alzheimer’s and run several events to help with that every year. This year, in addition to their annual Chilifest that will be on October 12, the group has planned a craft and vendor fair.
On September 7, crafters, vendors, and direct sales, people will set up both inside the Active Day building and outside on the lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each booth has contributed a $20 setup fee supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and they will also donate an item to be sold at a silent auction during Chilifest. Some of the salespeople have also committed to donating a portion of their sales for the day to the walk.
Robin Ruggles, an SRNA at Active Day, is the hostess for the event. She explained that she leads the team each year because she “feels so strongly about Active Day and what we do there.” Active Day offers care, including exercises, crafts, meals, and weekly themed activities for adults with different abilities from the time that they can no longer attend school with no age cap. Ruggles said that all individuals with special needs have different abilities and “what does normalcy look like anyway?” In every group, there are nurturers and gossipers and other behaviors that are normal in any setting, and just because they have different abilities doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy the same interactions.
Ruggles has gotten commitments from more than 25 vendors for the fundraising event, stating that the group has raised more than $400, but their goal is to raise $1,500. The fair will include direct sales people selling such things as Color Street, Thirty-One, and Nu Skin. Crafters will be there with different one-of-a-kind items for sale including Cumpton’s Pumpkins and Crafty Chicks Vinyl.
There will be two food trucks that will donate a portion of there sales to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Both the Giddy Pig and Downtown Brown’s will be available for patrons to purchase lunch, drinks, and snacks from.
Active Day Members are also selling the paper forget-me-nots for $1 each. The paper flowers are hung on the wall surrounding the nurse’s station at Active Day. The member who sells the most will receive a free meal from the Texas Roadhouse from the Active Day staff. Ruggles said that their forget-me-not sales are not going as well this year as in previous years, but it is still early. The forget-me-nots will also be available for purchase on the day of the vendor fair and the day of Chilifest.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Central Park on Saturday, October 19. Registration will be at 9 a.m. with a ceremony beginning at 9:45 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. The Walk is a rain or shine event, which will only be canceled in the event of severe weather. Participants are given metal forget-me-nots and walk around Central Park in honor or memory of their loved ones that have been affected by Alzheimer’s.
For more information, follow the Active Day Vendor and Craft Fair event on Facebook. To purchase a forget-me-not, stop by Active Day at 6938 U.S. 60 in Boyd County. To donate to the Active Day team’s fight against Alzheimer’s, go to endalz.activedayashland.com.