The ‘Candy Man’ Hands Out Kindness at Oak Trace

Category: Community Life

It’s unusual to see a line of people waiting for their chance to take a ride in an ordinary minivan. But if Al McNeal is behind the wheel, you can bet residents at Oak Trace retirement community are excited to jump in for their chance to take a trip.

Al is the community’s concierge, also known as “The Candy Man.” He got his nickname from the sweet treats he keeps in his pocket to hand out to residents and team members at the community.

His infectious smile and bubbly personality have him booked months in advance. Al is a huge hit with the residents in all areas of the Life Care community. For the past two years, he’s taken hundreds of residents to and from appointments and errands. His rides can span from only a few minutes to hours. Inside the van he chats with the residents about their life history, learning from each of them. He says it’s the best perk of the job.

Al makes a difference in the lives of many people; dishing out kindness with a side of chocolate. His deep respect for seniors is rooted in his own family.