Linden Court donates to public schools foundation

September 2, 2018

Linden Court employees donated $2,217 to the North Platte Public Schools Foundation for its backpack program.

“We did a couple of bake sales, we did some cinnamon roll sales and different things with the employees,” said Nolan Gurnsey, Linden Court administrator. “Almost all of the money is directly from our employees that came in and bought stuff or donated to the backpack program throughout the month of July.”

Gurnsey said Better Health Services, the parent company for Linden Court, added to the total.

“Our parent company has a foundation, and if a facility raises over $1,000 they will match that with another $1,000 to give towards whatever that facility is raising money for,” Gurnsey said. “It’s really neat to see how we can come together as a facility to support our community.”

Heather Carr, AP/payroll coordinator at Linden Court, said the effort helps employees see the bigger picture.

“In today’s world it does take a village to raise a child,” Carr said. “We all have to help out if we want to make the world a better place. One of our mission vision values is families serving families.”

Carr said the fundraiser focuses on the future of the community.

“Every day we’re so focused on caring for the elderly and our residents that sometimes we forget about the little guys that are out there who give us hope for tomorrow,” Carr said.

NPPS Foundation Executive Director Jodi Howard said the program is always grateful for donations.

“We service about 375 packs a week,” Howard said. “The foundation is able to hold that money for when Brandy (Buscher) needs to purchase supplies, food, more backpacks for those kids.”

Howard said businesses that do projects such as Linden Court are helping spread the word.

“It just gets word out about the purpose that the foundation has, the purpose that the school district has serving our children that have those extra needs on weekends,” Howard said.

Buscher, the school district’s student services coordinator, said Gurnsey does a lot personally for the backpack program as well.

“Nolan helps deliver packs to our schools,” Buscher said. “So it’s not just a monetary donation. He actually delivers packs and gives up his lunch break on a Friday to help us as well.”