Crossings
Issue 19 • Fall 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

Issue 19: Fall 2011

Dear Neighbor

Good Mourning with Carole McLeod: Coping with the Holidays and Holiday Events

Casey's Cookies: Learn about our recipient of this year's Ornament sales

Bio-Cremation: Flameless Cremation is now a reality

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Preplanning: The Queen Hates Bickering

Staff Spotlight

Comfort Circle

Ice Cream Social

Summer Photo Contest Winners

Crossing Archives

Anderson McQueen. Life. Love. Legacy.

We are dedicated to the art of helping and providing personal and professional services in a caring, sensitive manner.

Since our inception in
1952, we have been a
family-owned and
operated funeral home
serving our community.

Northeast St. Petersburg
2201 Dr. Martin Luther King
Street North
727-822-2059

Tyrone
7820 38th Avenue North
727-347-6636

Cremation Tribute Center
7820 38th Avenue North
727-347-6636

Sunnyside Cemetery
5300 19th Street North
727-822-7879

www.AndersonMcQueen.com

Anderson McQueen and
Pet Passages are now on
Facebook and YouTube!

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The purpose of this
newsletter is to inform and
educate the community on
funeral services and grief
support issues.

Please accept our sincerest
apologies if this has reached
a home where there is illness
or sorrow.

Sweet Cookies...Sweeter Mission

TravelCongratulations to Casey's Cookies for being selected the "People's Choice" for this year's net proceeds from our commemorative Angel Ornament sales. Voting took place on our Anderson-McQueen Facebook page from August 15th to September 15th and it was a real "nail bitter" right down to the final minutes. Casey's Cookies received 1,022 votes, just six votes ahead of Ready for Life. We want to thank all the charities who participated in this year's "People's Choice" runoff and we encourage each of you to enter again next year. Our two runner ups each received donations in the amount of $250 from Anderson-McQueen for their participation in the event.

Let's take a look behind the scenes at Casey's Cookies, their mission and their inspiration.

Casey's Cookies is a 501(c)(3) Florida Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise. Their mission is to promote independence and improve the quality of life for developmentally and physically disabled adults through training and employment, and to develop a residential community in the Tampa Bay area where Casey's Cookies employees can live and work in a safe and nurturing environment. Unlike social service agencies, their model will allow them to become self-sustaining. By purchasing cookies and gift trays from Casey's Cookies you will help them achieve their mission of gaining financial independence.

Mentally disabled adults are as vulnerable as small children -- trusting far more than they should, and loving those who show even the slightest kindness.But, it's difficult for them to find their place in society once they leave school.

A few may get jobs working in a hospital laundry, assisting with lawn care, bagging groceries, or working in a fast food restaurant, but most simply remain at home until their parent or guardian is no longer able to care for them.

Casey's Cookies offers a new opportunity. Under the supervision of volunteers, participants bake cookies from scratch, then package and sell their gourmet and specialty cookies to individuals and local businesses. They learn the importance of teamwork and other valuable job skills while helping to build a business that will provide them with income and a safe place to live. It's an exciting project, and one that you can be a part of.

Meet Casey

CaseyCasey was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a congenital birth defect that includes deformities of the face and spine, and in some cases mental retardation. In addition to having a low IQ, Casey is severely hearing impaired, and has had nine major surgeries to correct curvatures of her spine and severely dislocated hips.

But, throughout her physical ordeals, and despite her reduced ability to comprehend, Casey has never lost her sense of humor or her love of people. She has learned to read and write, and can solve simple math problems. She loves Gospel music, and credits God with healing her.

Casey is a 2010 special diploma graduate of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the daughter of the couple that helped establish Casey's Cookies. She was one of the first four developmentally delayed individuals hired to be a part of Casey's Cookies, and spends every morning in the kitchen assisting with cookie preparation and packaging.

To learn more about Casey's Cookies, visit their website at www.caseyscookies.org.

ORDER YOUR ANGEL ORNAMENT TODAY

angelPurchase a beautiful, personalized glass commemorative angel or dove for a loved one, a beloved pet, or a friend who has lost someone they love. You will not only help them to heal and remember during each holiday season, but you will also be helping Casey and all the others make their mission for Casey's Cookies a reality. ORDER ONLINE TODAY AT: www.LoveLifeLegacy.com