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Ice cream outing is a big hit

 

August 30, 2019

Jana Peterson

Sunnyside residents and volunteers wait to order ice cream at the Warming House Thursday afternoon while owner Dan Lundquist greets everyone and keeps things running smoothly. The police stopped traffic on Highway 33 to allow the group of more than 50 people to cross.

If the opening of Gordy's Hi-Hat is a sign of spring, then the annual Sunnyside trip to the Warming House for ice cream is an indication that summer is winding down.

Sunnyside Health Care Center staff, along with volunteers and resident family members mostly wheeled 26 residents down the hill from the nursing home at Community Memorial Hospital to the beloved coffee shop and ice cream joint.

Sunnyside director of engagement Toni Hubbell said the group made it door-to-door in a record time of 5-7 minutes, versus the usual 20 minutes.

"It takes an army," Hubbell said of the annual event. "The...



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