Waldron School Cheerleaders perform for residents at Waldron Nursing Center, Mackinzie Callahan, Morgan Langley, Bree Norris, Wintney Powell, Alexandria Jones, Alexie Mortimore, Aubrey Deer, Lauren Trampp, Madison Patrick, Jillian Davis, Brooke Sanford, Madison riddle, Aueisha English, Rena Owens, Aubry Butler, Maggie Hudgens, Jacob Bliss, Levi Franklin, Elijah McWilliams, Keaten Davis & Nick Ison.
Waldron Nursing Center honored Veteran residents, Robert Merrow-Navy, Willard Perkins-Army, Granville Stuart-Air Force ,with a Special program in the dining room. Thanks to Alex and Billie for coordinating the program while I hosted the SACA (Activity Directors) meeting here at Waldron Nursing Center. Also to Terri Hattabaugh and Doyle Wayne Dickens for helping with the program. To Karen for helping take the photos of the Veterans. Along with their recognition each Veteran received a certificate, flag and lapel pin.
What a “Night” our residents had as “Trick r’ Treater’s” of every size, shape and costume came through our doors on “Treat giving night”. It was a glorious time for our residents as they had gathered outside their doors to hand out the treats as everyone filed through with their sacks and buckets to be filled. We were so grateful for our local city police who came up to help us with the crowd control at the main door, Police Chief David Miller, Officers Steve Morton and Ja Hunnicutt were just wonderful at the front door as the groups of goblins were let inside in groups so our residents would have time to hand out the goodies to each one. Thanks to all the “gobblins” for being patient while waiting for their turn to enter the door. It worked out really well for everyone. There was plenty of candy for everyone to fill their buckets up to the last one going through, thanks to all of the contributors of candy and donations as well as our staff who have held fundraisers all year long so that we would have enough candy. Big thanks to all of our staff who also worked and Volunteered to help out on this night. To Pat Morales and Pat Staggs and all of the other volunteers who helped we are ever so grateful. Contributors that was not mentioned in last weeks column are Area on Aging Agency, Fern Yandell family, David Yandell, Carlene Boyer, Dean Brown, Page Bethel-Methodist church, Farm Bureau, Sherry Johns Guidance Center, Tyson workers, EMS staff, Don’s Ezy pay, Sherry Johnston, and Joyce Williams. To anyone else that I may have missed we are truly grateful for your help in helping our residents have such an enjoyable night.
Other big events was the fall resident outing to Golden Corral. Going on the trip beside myself was staff members Nurse Amber Barker, Billie Strozier, Alex Carter, Beverly Byford, Warren Davis, driving the company truck to haul all the wheelchairs and walkers, Volunteers- Chris Davis, Joanna Strozier and Pat Staggs, Our wonderful Church Bus driver, Eddie Harrison from Waldron First Baptist. We are always so “thankful” to Eddie and the Church for helping us out with the Church bus to help transport the residents, the two Nursing Center Vans are not quiet big enough for everyone to fit in that wants to go on this outing. Residents going were Henry Bell & Joyce Thompson, Paulette Boyce, Janis Hull, Hattie Thomas, Hazel Cheesman, Jimmy Mize, Paul Davis, Joyce Leslie, Dianne Brennan, Willard Perkins, Cora Owens, Barbara Hay, Norma Williams, Freda Carter, Judy Chesman and Johna Rich. Everyone was stuffed to the brim when we returned back from the lunch. Thanks to our Administrator Fred Watts for footing the bill.
Residents received a great surprise from the 4-H group “Country by Heart” with hand made Fall cards. The group of Braxton Daniels, Wyatt Harris, Sky Harris, Kinzy and Zayne all arrived loaded down with the cards of reach resident and to visit a bit with each one as they passed the cards around.
The Waldron School Kindergarten classes also arrived on Monday morning to do their fall program for the residents. Each class was dressed with a different hand made fall hat and sang some really good songs for a large group of residents along with parents or grandparents of the students who came to see the program. Each one received a special treat after the program was finished and several of the kids had family members who was here so they got to see them as well. Thanks to all of the teachers who help bring this program to our residents each year and to the bus drivers who transport them.
The Special activity this week was “Deer Hunting” with my assistants Alex Carter and Billie Strozier getting everything set up for the hunt and Volunteer Joanna Strozier helping me with the photo making. We had some great hunters in the group and got the deer with the first shot of the pop guns.
Waldron Nursing Center also enjoyed a performance by the Waldron School Cheerleaders. The building is also looking quiet festive for Thanksgiving as Ms. Powell’s art classes for the 1st & 2nd period came to paint the glass doors inside the Nursing Center with a variety of Thanksgiving themes.
In closing as always we are so blessed with all that our great staff does to help bring enjoyment to our residents in their daily life here at the Nursing Center as well as our great Volunteers and people of our community who are always willing to help. We are truly grateful.
Photos, and story provided by Christine Lees, LSW/ADC – Waldron Nursing Center.