Wellington residents & Park District staff create wreaths

Residents of The Wellington create Christmas wreaths during a program called “Branching Out” held at the assisted living facility on Nov. 26. The program is done by the Minot Park District along with Hess Corporation to reach out to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Submitted Photo

Residents of The Wellington in Minot created Christmas wreaths for their homes as they worked along with Minot Park District staff on Nov. 26 to create beautiful Christmas wreaths.

The project was part of a new program this year of the park district along with Hess Corporation called “Branching Out.”

“The mission of the Minot Park District is to provide quality for our community, including all ages and abilities,” said Ron Merritt, Minot Parks executive director. “With the ‘Branching Out’ campaign and a great community partner like Hess Corporation, it allows us to get out into our community and connect with people that otherwise might not be able to use our facilities.”

Residents learned about the park district while they worked on the Christmas wreath.

“We are pleased to support programs that aim to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the communities where we live and work,” said Brent Lohnes, Hess general manager in North Dakota. “It’s always exciting to see organizations come together, like the Minot Park District, schools, and the private sector to make a difference.”

Thanks to a grant from Hess Corporation, the park district introduced the “Branching Out” accessibility for everyone program this year.

The first program was a spring planting seminar when park district personnel worked with residents at the Wellington, an assisted living facility. The residents learned about the park district’s horticulture department. Park district staff helped them create and learn about succulents.

The Christmas wreath-making project was the second “Branching Out” program held this year. Hess Corporation provided a grant for the program.

Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. In the past five years the company has invested about $30 million on community initiatives to strengthen education, workforce development, health and human services as well as support disaster relief. In 2018 Hess supported over 40 local community organizations across North Dakota, investing approximately $1 million.

Elly DeLauriers, park district director of marketing and development, said they hope do another “Branching Out” program his month and continue into 2020.