ROUSES POINT —The North Country Mission of Hope has once again found a way to share goods from the richest country in the Western Hemisphere with one of the poorest.
Mark and Lee Anne Lawrence, new owners of the long defunct Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point, have donated beds, side tables, night stands, light fixtures, kitchen supplies, room-divider curtains and much more to the Plattsburgh-based humanitarian-aid organization.
“The North Country has a way of always stepping up to the plate,” said Sister Debbie Blow, Mission of Hope’s executive director.
It will be a big job to load the items onto a tractor-trailer Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, and then unload them at the mission’s storage facility on Sharron Avenue in Plattsburgh. Blow said Wednesday that about 20 volunteers had signed on to help.
She estimated about 10 more are needed.
Mr. Lawrence said when he and his wife purchased Cedar Hedge, which they intend to make into an assisted-living facility, he was unsure of what they were going to do with everything in it. After making numerous phone calls to hospices and clinics in the area, he wound up speaking to members of the the Mission of Hope Leadership Team and knew where the contents should go.
“I think it is fantastic,” he said. “My wife and I were hoping to be able to find a use for this stuff rather than be sold for scrap metal. It will be put to good use.”
The Lawrences’ gift is the single largest donation to Mission of Hope since the organization was given the contents of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base hospital in 2004. Then, shipment of the equipment, valued at $1 million-plus, was paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense.