Rodney Claxton of Jonesboro, Arkansas recently donated 18 birdhouses to the Choctaw Regional Medical. The birdhouses will be placed just outside the window of each room at the hospital. The hospital has 15 rooms; the remaining three will go to the Choctaw Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. They will be placed in the front courtyard for residents there to enjoy.
“I just want to give them some happiness,” Claxton said. “I know a lot of them can’t be outdoors and maybe if they view out the window and see nature at its best, that’ll make them happy.”
The hospital held a ceremony thanking Claxton for his donation Tuesday, June 28. Brooke Eaves, who helps run the award winning Safe and Sound Program at the hospital and nursing home, help welcome Claxton and thanked him for his donation.
“I became familiar with Rodney and his beautiful birdhouse designs when I received one of his birdhouses as a gift from my mother-in-law,” said Eaves. “Now everyone in my family owns one of Rodney’s birdhouses.”
Speaking of how it will help patients at the hospital Eaves said, “We want them to be able to look out and observe nature and life and that kind of environment while they’re in the hospital and enjoy that.”
All of Claxton’s birdhouse are made atop Crowley’s Ridge in Jonesboro from repurposed materials. For example roofs for the donated houses were the tin from a torn down farmhouse in Madison.