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The Heritage Community can always use donations of prizes to be given out at BINGO-small toiletry items, Knick knacks, candy bars, small bags of chips and other snacks, puzzle books, and other small items for the neighbors to choose from when they BINGO.

They could also use monetary donations to help with the continued expenses for operation. They have seen a decrease in income since the pandemic started due to the census being down, and have seen an increase in many operating costs and those that have not increased are still at the pre-COVID levels. Regardless of the census in the community they have to continue to pay the team, utilities and other costs.

Operating costs have increased due to COVID:

First, they are using almost 600 percent more PPE than they were prior to COVID. All team members must wear procedure masks while in the building except when eating, and all neighbors have to wear procedure masks while they are not in their rooms.

Additionally, they have had to put many of the neighbors on isolation or quarantine if they go out to the hospital or many other appointments, when a new neighbor moves in, they have to be quarantined, and for several weeks they have had the COVID units open when they had positive cases of COVID in the neighbors. When someone is on quarantine or isolation, or has COVID everyone that goes in or out of the room must wear gloves, a mask, a gown and a face shield. They have had small amounts of PPE sent to us by the State and Federal agencies but the vast majority of the PPE they use they have had to buy on the open market from whatever suppliers they could find. The cost of PPE items has exploded since the pandemic began. The cost for procedure masks, gowns and gloves are now better then 300 and 400 percent more than they were paying before the pandemic.

Secondly, without the volunteers and family members being able to come in and help with the care of our neighbors the facility have had to increase staffing.

Third, they have had to buy equipment that they did not need before the pandemic and they had the cost of building and maintaining the isolation pods that they are now required to have that they did not have before the pandemic.

Finally, the costs of food and other supplies has gone up due to shortages and other issues caused by the COVID pandemic.

Are donations to Dunaway Manor/Heritage Community tax deductible?

Yes, they are a non-profit organization and are fully accredited by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit. Any donations you make to Heritage whether for a specific project such as the need for a new van, or just for general operations of the Heritage communities are completely tax deductible.

For more information call 580-338-3186 and ask for Dan Stiles, Campus Director. He is available Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. If those times don’t work for you, please call and ask for extension 201 and leave a message and he will call you back as soon as he can. He can also be emailed at