Article by Christine Lees LSW/ADC
Referencing the above image, Santa takes time out for one of the little visitors during the “Photo with Santa” activity.
Waldron Nursing Center is really looking festive with all of the staff decorating plus the Waldron School Art Class coming back to do the painting on the windows and doors. Mrs. Powell’s Art student really did a fantastic job in making everything look like Christmas. Can’t believe it is right around the corner. The Resident “Joy” Tree list is up and waiting for a few more to select a name from the list. We appreciate all of the help that we can get. The Joy Tree Party will be December 21st at 2:00 PM…anyone is invited to the program and watch the residents open their gifts. Weigh Tech, Steve & Sandy Tull, have once again sponsored the Carriage ride for Dec. 14th. The residents can hardly wait to see the beautiful carriage arrive drawn by the great big white horses, it looks just like a Cinderella carriage and the residents just love going for a ride to see the Christmas lights. On the 13th the Nazarene Church will do a Christmas Bell program. This Saturday Santa will arrive on the Fire Truck with his helpers to pass out gifts to the residents and do some chatting with them. Residents are also enjoying the Christmas cards that have been arriving and feeling really special as they are passed to each room. This week we received new ones from Karen Speaks of Spring, TX, Tony & Vanessa Reed, Waldron Middle School Library Club. Thanks to everyone who has been sending card I have enough to pass several different days before Christmas arrives. Other “Thanks” goes to Ann Bingham for the great bingo prizes, to the Farmers Coop for the beautiful Poinsettias to decorate around the facility and for the residents to enjoy. Alex has also been busy again finishing out the hallway decorations.
Our Special Wednesday morning activity was a big hit with a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick for a photo pose up session. There just isn’t anything like a little Santa knee time to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Although I did overhear Santa telling a few that they had been on his “naughty” list for a while but I don’t think by the response that anyone took him too serious. Thanks also to Denea for helping me take the photos while Santa was quiet busy with the residents.
Other events this week was Sunday singing with Rick Byce, Reminiscence with Diane Miller, Bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with Doyle Wayne helping out on Monday afternoon. We could really use some more volunteers for the bingo games so if anyone has an extra hour on these days it would be greatly appreciated, Temple Baptist group was on hand to do some more of their great singing, Worship service with Pat Ray Biggs, monthly birthday party to celebrate those having the December birthdays, being honored are Helen Meierding, Mary Jo Maxey and Fern Powell. Ball practice, nail painting and helping Santa find his reindeer. Prizes will be given to the first who find all of the correct reindeer.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Richard Lyons. He will be missed by all who knew him.
In closing I am in the process of collecting 2018 calendars so each resident may have one for their side of the room. “Thanks”goes this week to Community National for the ones they gave me this week. We are also having the Family style lunch on Christmas Day at noon so if anyone who is not taking their loved one out to their house for lunch and would like to join their loved one just stop by and tell Connie in the Dietary Department that you will be coming for lunch.