Tubs, lifetime of toilet paper donated to Crestview Manor


Top left: Safe Step Walk-In Tubs technicians deliver the second of two tubs the company donated this morning to Crestview Manor. Top right: Crestview Manor Director Beck Brice-Nash, second from right, and Jackson Hewitt volunteer Shirley Perring welcome Safe Step Walk-In Tubs President Mike Duffer and CFO Stuart Hall to the assisted living facility. Bottom: Clockwise from left, Crestview Manor residents Betty Donald, Helen Coates and Betty Mutual receive news of the donation of two new walk-in tubs for their facility.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A local assisted living home’s residents needn’t worry about bathing facilities and toilets.

Today, Mike Duffer, president and owner of the Nashville-based Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co., surprised Crestview Manor's 60 residents with two free walk-in hydrotherapy tubs and the promise of 3,000 toilet paper rolls a year.

The tubs are being installed Saturday — one on each floor — and the toilet paper will keep rolling as long as Safe Step and Crestview Manor remain in business, Duffer said.

He became aware of the low-income residents' needs with an email from Crestview resident Shirley Perring, who — with coworkers at the Jackson Hewitt tax preparation office — supports Crestview Manor as a community service project.

Their involvement began around Easter when they offered to help Emerald Coast Hospice deliver "Baskets of Blessings" to the assisted living facility's residents.

Later, while home recuperating from back surgery, Perring contacted tub and toilet paper manufacturers.

"The tub is dangerous and looks like something out of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’" Perring wrote in an email, referring to the film about patients in a decrepit mental facility.

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