Sister Bay, Wisc. – The anticipation built for almost a year.
So when the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village received their new bus, there was rejoicing – sort of.
“When our new bus finally came — nearly a year out from when the gifts came in — it arrived at a time when we can’t take group outings,” said Michele Notz, administrator. She is referring to restrictions put in place to protect the health and well-being of residents due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
“But we can still celebrate,” said Notz. “It’s arrived!”
Virus puts the brakes on
“Our donors have a strong connection with residents,” Notz said. “When the bus was out of commission or the air conditioning stopped working on a hot, humid day, they heard about it.”
Notz ordered the new bus once the fundraising goal was met. The delivery date was March or April.
Then a global pandemic hit.
“The manufacturing plants shut down due to COVID,” Notz said.
Notz remembers a long winter of hoping for good news to share, something that would lift residents’ spirits.