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Potter Ridge says to #alwaysstayhumbleandkind

The residents and staff at Potter Ridge Assisted Living Community in Red Wing are on a mission to share their joy and love with the community.

With a summer campaign entitled #Alwaysstayhumbleandkind, the facility has a number of activities planned for all ages to promote kindness.

Paige Anderson is the executive director at Potter Ridge mastermind behind the campaign and said that her only motivation was to encourage people to be kind.

"It's very simple," she said.

To kick off the festivities the residents have painted rocks to be hidden around Red Wing on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Anyone who finds them between 1:30-4 p.m. should post a selfie with their treasure using the aforementioned hashtag. Participants will be entered to win a prize from the "bucket of sunshine."

Other events include Meals on Us, Thursday, Aug. 9, when the residents and staff at Potter Ridge will choose random homes to drop off full, ready-to-eat meals.

Some of these events are more than just fun things for the community.

Anderson shared that one particularly special activity is to honor Marlee May Erlandsen of Beldenville, Wis., who recently died at less than two years old from a rare form of cancer.

Upon learning of her condition, Erlandsen and her parents developed a bucket list and one of these items was blowing bubbles with the elderly.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, residents from Potter Ridge will join children in the Peach Tree child care program at the YMCA for Bubbles in the Park at Bay Point Park.

Anderson is especially excited to give other young children a chance for some multi-generational fun in memory of young Marlee May.

Next on the calendar, Thursday, Aug. 16, the Management Team at Potter Ridge will be going around town with balloons and free high fives, just to spread some joy.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, residents will be serving up free refreshments at an all-day lemonade stand.

Finally, community members should be on the lookout Thursday, Aug. 30 for quarters left strategically around town.

Donated coins will be placed in laundromats and next to machines dispensing candy and toys to surprise treasure-finders with a free treat.

Anderson said the residents at Potter Ridge are already beaming with excitement at the preparation of the festivities, and expects this cheer to last all summer long.

"It's never too late to be kind," said Anderson.

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