Devonshire employee gets community to collect items for son’s deployed ship

Community members and employees at Devonshire at PGA National, an Erickson Living retirement community, have collected hundreds of items for sailors overseas.

Devonshire community members and staff with some of the items they collected.
From left to right;
Front row: Patti DeSantis, Devonshire community member; Gayle Hills, Reoccupancy Manager, Devonshire at PGA National; Shirley Diuro, Devonshire community member and Judy Weiss, Devonshire community member
Back Row: Irene Malanga, Community Resources Manager, Devonshire; Ramona Spears, Devonshire community member and Alice Holl, Devonshire community member.

“My son’s ship was deployed in April for six months and I know they are always looking for various items,” said Gayle Hills, Reoccupancy Manager, Devonshire at PGA National. “I thought it would be great if community members and employees put together a large care package from Devonshire. I know what the sailors need so we accepted donations for a few weeks.”

Community members and staff donated various items including black socks, toiletries, mints, granola bars, handwritten notes, and much more.

“This is just one of the many reasons Devonshire is a wonderful place to work,” said Hills.    “We got the word out and so many people who both live and work here donated!  We have an amazing care package being sent to the sailors and I know firsthand they will be thrilled and so grateful.”

Devonshire, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 28-acre campus on the grounds of prestigious PGA National. The community is located in Palm Beach County and is home to more than 350 community members. Additional information about Devonshire can be found at