Avanti Senior Living Of Covington Hosts First Responders Teddy Bear Tea To Benefit St. Tammany Parish Children

Avanti Senior Living of Covington is collecting teddy bears to donate to first responders to give to children involved in emergency situations.

COVINGTON, LA – On Sunday, July 9, Avanti Senior Living of Covington, 2234 Watercross Pkwy., will host a Teddy Bear Tea, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., to collect lovable stuffed bears to be donated to St. Tammany first responders to give to children they encounter when responding to an emergency.

         Avanti will set up a collection bin for the bear donations. In addition, those bringing a bear will be treated to light refreshments and will have a chance to walk around Avanti, the newest senior living community on the Northshore.

         It’s not uncommon for children involved in an emergency situation to be scared or confused. When local first responders, including police officers and firefighters, respond to an emergency, they can give one of these bears to them as a way to establish trust and to calm them down.

         Avanti defines itself as a multi-generational community and reps said this Teddy Bear Tea collection event is just one example of that philosophy. “We want people of all ages to experience Avanti, especially the younger family member of our residents,” said Rhonda Vahle, community relations director of Avanti Senior Living Covington. “Throughout the year we will host special gatherings, like the Teddy Bear Tea, to encourage our community neighbors and families of Avanti residents to stop by and visit. It’s a great way to bring people together while helping others at the same time.”

         Avanti’s 77,000-square foot, $15 million community provides both independent living and memory care. Avanti has 50 assisted living and 40 memory care suites. The community, which resembles a boutique hotel with resort-like amenities, offers residents a state-of-the-art wellness center with ballet barre and fitness programs, a theater area, formal and casual restaurants that provide fresh meals on demand, and a full-service salon and spa offering relaxation therapy, aromatherapy, therapeutic massages, hair styling and manicures/ pedicures, reps said. In addition, the community has a fully-functional art studio with an abundance of natural light and a display wall for residents’ artwork.

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