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Montereau Collects More than 600 Gift Boxes for Children

READY TO SEND: Montereau resident Tom Naugle, left, Montereau President and CEO David Murlette and Goldie stand with the boxes filled with goodies, toys, and educational games to be distributed to children in poverty-stricken areas all over the world.

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Montereau, Tulsa’s premiere retirement community, announces that more than 600 boxes have been collected for Operation Christmas Child benefitting a project of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. The goal of this international Christian program is to send boxes filled with goodies, toys, and educational games to children in poverty-stricken areas all over the world.

Over the years, Montereau resident Tom Naugle has participated in filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. However, this year, after reading an article about the positive impact receiving the boxes made on the kids in Tanzania, he was inspired to bring this program to Montereau. He recognized the impact that hundreds of residents and staff could make when working towards a common goal. After visiting with Montereau leadership, he was encouraged to offer a way for residents and employees to collectively participate in the program if they so desired. With one goal in mind, he set up a hub for distributing and collecting filled boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Naugle kicked off collections in August with an original goal of collecting 400 filled boxes for the program. In just one month’s time, he surpassed his initial goal. Excitement about the program spread, and he increased his goal to 600 boxes.

He, along with his loyal companion, “Goldie,” a Golden Retriever, and support of a handful of Montereau friends, manned the table on a daily basis in an effort to promote the program and collect boxes. When asked about the initial response he received after introducing the program, he happily reported, “The overwhelming support made me realize how much Montereau residents and staff are interested in contributing to worthwhile endeavors. They are the ones who got their friends and family involved, resulting in others filling boxes or donating money to have items purchased for a box.”

On a personal note, just a few weeks into collections, Tom’s wife of 40 years, Barbara, passed away. This devastating loss was eased just slightly by his choice to focus on helping others through Operation Christmas Child. He emphasized how happy he was to be engaged with this worthwhile and productive project that would eventually prove beneficial to so many.

About Montereau
Founded in 2003 by The William K. Warren Foundation, Montereau was designed for Tulsa seniors to continue to live an active lifestyle that represents their values, spirit and style. The community has earned a reputation for raising the bar for Life Plan communities, formerly Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Montereau is a warm, welcoming community that takes pride in providing its residents a plan for the future, in a secure environment, along with a worry-free lifestyle.

Updated 12-19-2018

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