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Friday, December 26

Here We Come A-Caroling

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Right?  Well, sometimes, we forget that's not the case for everyone.  Case in point, the majority of residents at nursing homes are left alone and lonely during the holiday season.  Too many of the residents don't receive visitors, let alone gifts, and we wanted to change that this year.  Granted, it was only one home, and we only brought small gifts.  But it made a difference to those folks for that day...
Our trio of boys spent time at home creating cards for each of the home's fifty residents.  We also purchased bags of sugar-free candy and made up goody bags for everyone.  Finally, we found small gifts (picture frames, holiday pens, puzzles, etc) for each person.  At the facility, we greeted everyone and spent some time wishing each person a Merry Christmas!
This was a new experience for the boys, and one that they were ultimately uncomfortable with.  Many of the residents kept trying to "trade" something for the youngest because he was "so adorable!"   He didn't like that.  The older boys weren't comfortable with all the requests for hugs and kisses...  We moms, however, were happy to hand out hugs!  So many people, elderly and young alike, just need to be touched.  Hugs never go out of style!

Based on our experiences, we are toying with the idea of setting up an Adopt-A-Grandparent program with the local nursing home.  It would give the boys more opportunity to do compassion care, and also fill an emotional need for some of their residents.  Have you ever done the Adopt-A-Grandparent program?  If so, would you be interested in sharing your experiences?  We would love to hear from you!!
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