A longstanding holiday tradition at Providence Manor looked a little different this year – in a great way!
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents would bundle up and enjoy a bus ride across the city to see the beautiful holiday lights and decorations. What’s better than heading out for a Christmas light tour? Bringing the beautiful sights right to Providence Manor!
“It’s been two years since we last had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season big with residents,” says Recreationist and event organizer, Brooke Moorhead.
“It is so meaningful for everyone to enjoy these traditions again.” Brooke took the reins and started organizing the winter wonderland display in one of the outdoor gardens in November. But to make her vision a reality she needed help. A plea was made to the community for donations. A true Christmas lover at heart, Brooke says she was overwhelmed by the response. Donations came in droves – from staff, family members and the public.
With the help of her colleagues, Brooke transformed the Alzheimer garden at Providence Manor into a twinkling, magical, winter wonderland for Wednesday night’s event. Paired with carols, hot chocolate and of course sweet holiday treats, the event was open to all 243 residents.
“Putting a smile on their face is all that we wish for. And it’s safe to say we were successful in doing that last night. We brought the holiday sparkle and it certainly didn’t disappoint,” said Brooke.
A surprise visit from Santa was the cherry on top! Residents asked Santa for a variety of wishes including a trip to Florida, peace and good health.
Kudos to the wonderful staff and a special shout out to volunteers Heath and Bill who assisted with the event. We are so happy that residents got to enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of their home!
This heartwarming event truly demonstrated how magical the holiday season can be.